Ohio educator to be Aspen High principal
ASPEN – After an exhaustive search process, the Aspen School District has hired an Ohio educator as Aspen High’s next principal.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t say that we had several very qualified candidates, … but clearly one candidate rose to the top – Kimberly Martin,” Aspen Superintendent John Maloy said at a special school board meeting Tuesday to formally approve the appointment.
Martin, who holds a master’s degree in education and is working toward her doctoral degree, comes to Aspen from Thomas W. Harvey High School in Painesville, Ohio, where she has served as principal for seven years. She was a high school principal in another district for two years before that. Martin, who began her career as a high school English and history teacher, also has taught English composition as an adjunct faculty member at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio.
The superintendent of schools in Painesville said, “Kim is student, staff and parent focused and is always asking stakeholders how best to improve learning.”
Maloy added, “We’re excited to have Kim as a member of the Aspen School District and the Aspen High School team. I am certain that Kim will be conscientious in her efforts to get to know students, staff and parents as she transitions into the Aspen High School culture and the Aspen community.”
Martin’s appointment comes six months after the abrupt resignation of Art Abelmann, who was on the job less than two years – an event that led to what Maloy called a “lengthy and transparent process” to hire Aspen High School’s next leader.
As part of that process, the school district created several interview teams, including students, parents and teachers. Of 39 initial applicants for the position, four finalists visited Aspen for a full day of interviews and a community open house. Candidates also were required to give a written response to four typical school dilemmas. After this, and an additional interview with district administrators, as well as reference checks, Martin was offered the job.
“Kim is a thoughtful and collaborative yet focused and decisive leader,” the staff interview team noted in its summary of her qualifications. “Her career and actions show a genuine commitment to learning, whether that relates to students, her peers or herself.”
Martin, who will move to Aspen with her husband and 12-year-old son, begins work July 2. She replaces interim Principal David Schmid. Maloy would not comment on whether Schmid applied for the position.
In a message to district personnel, Maloy personally thanked Schmid for “agreeing to serve as the interim principal and assisting staff and the high school community by establishing stable leadership where faculty and staff have been supported and important work was getting completed.”
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