The Northampton County School Board has offered Lisa L. Martin, PhD. the position of superintendent of Northampton County Public Schools and is very pleased that she has accepted. The news was announced at the January 26, 2023, regularly scheduled school board meeting.
Dr. Martin has been serving as Acting Superintendent since the unexpected resignation of her predecessor and has done an outstanding job. Previously she served as the associate superintendent of instruction for Northampton County Public Schools.
Dr. Martin brings a wealth of educational and administrative experience garnered over more than 30 years, serving most recently at the state level in the Department of Education in the Office of School Quality, where she supported schools in identifying and implementing sustainable, strategic improvement strategies. Martin has served as a superintendent, chief academic officer, associate/assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, and as a middle school and high school teacher.
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be selected as the superintendent of Northampton County Public Schools and to serve the division in this capacity. I look forward to continuing to listen and learn from each of you and to assist in bridging communication gaps and building trust. I want to thank the school board for this opportunity and their continued support of our schools. In my experiences on the “shore,” I have come to quickly recognize Northampton County’s beauty as a community rich in tradition, culture, and diversity. I feel truly blessed to work with such caring groups of teachers, administrators, and staff members committed to working together to do great things for our students, families, and community.”
During her career in education, Martin was recognized as the Washington Post Principal of the Year for Stafford County, VA, and as a Principal of Distinction by the Virginia Department of Education. As a principal, Martin also received the AARP Ethel Percy Andrus Award as the Most Innovative High School. Additionally, she was selected to participate in the Vincent E. Reed Leadership Institute and the North Carolina School Superintendent’s Association’s Next Generation of Leaders program.
Even before being hired by Northampton County Public Schools in her original capacity as Associate Superintendent, Dr. Martin and her husband had made a commitment to Northampton County by acquiring a home here with the intention of eventually retiring to our county. We are incredibly fortunate to have found a leader of Dr. Martin’s caliber who has already demonstrated both her great competence at the job for which she has been hired and her devotion to Northampton County and the students in its public schools.
Liz Jones, the Northampton County School Board chairperson, believes “Dr. Martin is the steadfast, passionate, and thoughtful leader needed for our district. Dr. Martin comes with a wealth of knowledge in public education and her ‘student first’ mentality is going to push our district forward. I can’t wait to watch our schools flourish under her leadership.”
Martin completed her doctoral work at Virginia Commonwealth University and was awarded a Ph.D. – Urban Services Program: Educational Leadership. She also received the Metropolitan Education Research Consortium (M.E.R.C.) fellowship. She has a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida.
About Northampton County Public Schools
Northampton County Public Schools (N.C.P.S.) is home to two elementary schools (Title I schools), 1 middle school (7-8), one high school (grades 9-12), 1 center for careers and technology, and 1 alternative educational (Teaching Each Child Holistically TECH) center. Total student enrollment is approximately 1,379, including PK-12.