Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin
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Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin
Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin was appointed superintendent of Petersburg City Public Schools on July 1, 2019. With public education experience spanning three decades, she has served in leadership positions at the school, district and state level and — before coming to Petersburg — served as deputy state superintendent for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Dr. Pitre-Martin served for three years as superintendent of Thomasville City Schools, a North Carolina district with 2,500 students, 93 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.During her time in Thomasville, the school district was named to the College Board’s AP® District Honor Roll for increasing participation in Advanced Placement classes and improving student success on AP exams. During her tenure, Thomasville’s graduation rate increased 12 percent to an all-time high and the district saw double-digit gains in test scores.
Before Thomasville, Dr. Pitre-Martin was the state director of K-12 curriculum and instruction for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She has served as the chief academic officer for the School District of Philadelphia, which is one of the 10 largest school districts in the nation. She also served as an assistant superintendent for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in her home state of Louisiana.
Earlier positions included director of research and staff development for the Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas, and principal of Oakwood Intermediate School in College Station, Texas. Dr. Pitre-Martin became one of the youngest principals to be named president of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and was named the Texas Middle School Principal of the Year.
She began her career teaching English, drama and speech at Northside High School in Lafayette, Louisiana, where she also coached speech and debate teams.
Dr. Pitre-Martin earned her Ph.D. in educational administration from Texas A&M University. She earned her master’s degree in organizational communication and her bachelor’s degree in speech education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She is a graduate of the Broad Academy for educational leaders.
She and her husband, architect Kenneth Martin, live in Petersburg with their cocker spaniel, Duchess, and toy poodle, Baby.