Photo of Dr. David Martin

Dr. David Martin has been named the new superintendent at TSB. The mid-day announce-ment came from Commissioner Candice McQueen’s office on Monday April 24th. The commissioner stated that “As a seasoned school leader with experience in effectively developing educators, we firmly believe Dr. Martin will support the talented educators at TSB through a spirit of collaboration and service to visually impaired students across our state.” His role officially begins as superintendent on June 1. 

As part of a brief biographical sketch, the commissioner described Dr. Martin as being raised in Middle Tennessee” and “a proud alumnus of Tennessee State University.” She went on to say he most recently “worked for Department of Defense Education Activity as the principal of Marshall Elementary in Kentucky.”

His new appointment came following a “new nationwide search” that began nearly three month ago. The search led to TSB’s Superintendent Search Committee meeting with 5 applicants on Tuesday, April 11th. The day long series of meetings, held on the campus of Tennessee School for the Blind, were the initial part of an interviewing process attempting to narrow the field of 5 candidates to 1 or 2. A successful day of interaction with the applicants resulted in 2 being chosen and recommended to be move forward for a second interview.

The second round of interviews for a finalist was held on Thursday April 20th, also at the school. Approximately 50 stakeholders attended the 6:00 pm open forum in the school’s auditorium. As stakeholders entered the auditorium, they were offered biographic sketches of both candidate along with an existing ballot for later use.

These two interviews, much in the same format as the previous second round of interviews held earlier this year, lasted approximately 45 minutes each. The candidates were interviewed separately, one following the other. Each candidate used the first 15 minute introductory period to present a PowerPoint about themselves telling who they were. They then presented their future vision for the school. After these remarks the candidates fielded a series of questions from two monitors. Because of the open format, anyone interested in the process was given an opportunity to hear the candidate’s responses first hand.

Here is more informtion about our new superintendent:

Dr. David Martin was born in Long Beach, California but raised in middle Tennessee.  A graduate of Springfield High School, Dr. Martin went on to attend Tennessee State University where he graduated with honors, receiving his Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science.  While attending classes, Dr. Martin worked full-time as a legal assistant in the office of Nashville attorney, Bart Durham.

After graduation, Dr. Martin relocated to southern California where he began working as a program and public relations manager for a non-profit youth services agency. His responsibilities within this position included managing a youth journalism training program and developing all marketing materials utilized by the organization.  Dr. Martin developed strong relationships and partnerships with community leaders and other service organizations.  Working with a staff of program participants ages 13-22, Dr. Martin launched a youth ran and inspired community newspaper for the citizens of south central Los Angeles.  The debut issue garnered overwhelming support from the community and Dr. Martin was praised for his investigative feature piece about south central Los Angeles and the lack of revitalization after the 1992 civil unrest. 

Due to funding cuts and a reduction in force, Dr. Martin returned to Nashville where he served as a legal contractor until accepting a position with G.E. Commercial Finance.  Dr. Martin excelled in this role but missed working with young people.  After a corporate directed move to southern Florida, Dr. Martin decided to pursue a career as a social studies teacher.  He was hired to teach high school social studies at East Ridge High School in Clermont, Florida.   After teaching two years in Florida and earning his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and teaching certification, Dr. Martin accepted a teaching position at the South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice in Atlanta, Georgia.  This position combined his love for teaching with his legal background.  He coached the school’s first ever competitive mock trial team.  He also created strong partnerships with companies including Turner Broadcasting and Macy’s Department Stores to support the school’s Street Law Program.  

After completing an Educational Specialists Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Martin accepted a position as a Curriculum Coordinator with the Department of Defense Education Activity.  He supported 17 schools in the Kentucky community in the areas of social studies and school improvement.  After just one year, Dr. Martin was promoted to Assistant Principal and stationed at Naples Middle/High School in Naples, Italy.  Here he served a NATO connected community with students from 12 different member nations.  During this time, Dr. Martin also completed his Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership.  After two years, Dr. Martin was promoted once more to Principal of Scott Middle School at Ft Knox, Kentucky where he addressed serious climate and culture issues and successfully led the school through an AdvancED External Review.  After some school closures and realignment, Dr. Martin was appointed Principal of Barsanti Elementary, a 21st Century Pilot School.  After two years at Barsanti, Dr. Martin was honored to be named the Principal of a newly constructed 21st Century Marshall Elementary.  The school has enjoyed an extremely successful first year and garnered recognition throughout the Department of Defense Education Activity. 

For more information about Dr. David Martin, please visit his website, www.davidrichardmartin.com.