John Martin will be the principal of Trail Ridge Middle School when it opens next fall.
USD 231 officials announced the hire on May 22.
Martin currently serves as the vice principal at Lee Intermediate School in Gainesville, Texas.
According to a USD 231 press release, Martin has extensive administrative experience, including serving as an elementary school principal at two different Gainesville schools and serving as principal of Gainesville Junior High.
He has also worked as assistant principal in two different Texas school districts, and worked as a music and band instructor in both Lewisville, Texas, and in Warsaw, Missouri.
Interim Superintendent Pam Stranathan said USD 231 staff members are excited to welcome him to the Gardner Edgerton School District.
“Mr. Martin’s vast experience and years of success have been built on developing positive and lasting relationships with students, staff and parents,” Stranathan said. “It’s evident he understands the importance of making data-driven decisions and is committed to focusing on personal growth for every student.”
Martin holds a master’s in management administration from University of North Texas and a bachelor’s in music education from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.
Melissa Green will be the assistant principal at Trail Ridge Middle School.
She currently serves as a school counselor at Grand Star Elementary School. Since 2005, she has worked in various capacities for the Gardner Edgerton School District, including serving as a reading teacher at Grand Star Elementary and a reading and summer school lead teacher at Gardner Elementary. She worked as a first grade teacher and instructional coach in the Kansas City, Kansas, School District before coming to USD 231.
“Melissa will do an incredible job as the first assistant principal at Trail Ridge Middle School,” Stranathan said. “She is a great educator with strong leadership skills and is committed to student success. She possesses the attributes we were searching for, and she is very excited about creating a safe, positive and engaging learning environment for Trail Ridge students and staff.”
Green holds a master’s in education administration from Baker University, an ESL Endorsement from Kansas State University and a bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa.
Green has also participating in the USD 231 Leadership Academy and has extensive training in Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), School Improvement Planning, Cooperative Discipline, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and Kansas Accelerated Literacy Learning.