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ERIC Number: EJ767858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
A Career that Fits
Griffin, Shari Chaney; Newsome, Brian
Principal Leadership, v7 n5 p38-42 Jan 2007
With a firm belief that "no student deserves to be a number," Jill Martin, the 2007 National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) MetLife High School Principal of the Year, has built her career on a commitment to giving every student a high quality education and a good start in life. With a degree in English and a craving for big-city life, she moved to New York City to try her hand at clerical work. However, when her younger brother--an intelligent young man who had grown uninterested in school--dropped out, it prompted her to reconsider her career choice. Thus began a 38-year career and a lifelong quest to keep students challenged, engaged, and learning. Believing that every student deserves a quality education, this philosophy has driven her to make Doherty High School in Colorado Springs School District 11 a top-performing high school. Doherty is a school that inspires parents who live outside the school's boundary to setup camp to wait in line whenever an opportunity arises to enroll their children. As Martin sees it, it is a place where people like her brother get the help they need.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado