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Petersburg School Board hires new superintendent

Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin The Petersburg School Board on June 13 appointed Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin as the new superintendent of Petersburg City Public Schools. Dr. Pitre-Martin’s first day with Petersburg schools will be July 1, 2019.

“The School Board believes that Dr. Pitre-Martin is exactly the right person to lead Petersburg schools to the next level,” said School Board Chair Kenneth L. Pritchett, noting that more than 40 candidates from 19 states applied to become Petersburg’s next superintendent. “Dr. Pitre-Martin has worked in large and small school districts and has held state-level leadership roles. We are confident that Petersburg schools will continue to advance with Dr. Pitre-Martin as our superintendent.”

Dr. Pitre-Martin thanked the School Board for selecting her to lead Petersburg schools. “I believe in bringing people together to achieve results. I look forward to working with Petersburg teachers and administrators, with families and students and with community partners to build on the strong foundation laid during the past three years. My initial plan as superintendent is to get acquainted with the community while focusing on what is best for students and making good choices with the resources available.”

With 29 years of service in public education, Dr. Pitre-Martin has held leadership positions at the school, district and state level. She is currently the 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.

“Under Dr. Pitre-Martin’s leadership in Thomasville, test scores and the graduation rate improved significantly,” Pritchett said. “She also increased the number of Advanced Placement courses, which led to Thomasville schools being selected for the College Board’s AP District Honor Roll. Dr. Pitre-Martin believes, as does the Petersburg School Board, that public education can and must help our young people overcome obstacles and achieve success.”

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.

Dr. Pitre-Martin and her husband, Kenneth Martin, have begun the process of moving to Petersburg.

Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin professional experience

  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction: deputy state superintendent, 2017-present; chief academic and digital learning officer, 2016-2017
  • Thomasville City Schools (Thomasville, NC): superintendent of schools, 2013-2016
  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction: state director of K-12 curriculum and instruction/regional lead supervisor, 2009-2013
  • The School District of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA): chief academic officer, 2008-2009
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Schools (Baton Rouge, LA): assistant superintendent for instructional service area II, 2006-2008
  • Fort Bend Independent School District (Sugar Land, TX): director of research and staff development, 2004-2006
  • College Station Independent School District (College Station, TX): principal of Oakwood Intermediate School, 2000-2004; associate principal of A&M Consolidated High School, 1999-2000; English teacher at A&M Consolidated High School, 1996-1999
  • Lafayette Parish School System (Lafayette, LA): teacher of English, drama and speech and coach for speech and debate at Northside High School, 1989-1996