James Martinez Named Director School Counseling

James Martinez Named Districtwide Director Of School Counseling
Posted on 07/17/2020
James Martinez

Norwalk Public Schools is pleased to announce that James Martinez has been named as the districtwide director of school counseling. 

A newly created position, the director of school counseling supervises the school counseling program and certified school counselors in all of the district’s high schools, middle schools and elementary schools. The role’s primary responsibility is to support, monitor, and evaluate the implementation of the school counseling program in each school. Mr. Martinez will oversee school services that include academic counseling, career counseling, and college admissions, access and affordability support. He will also ensure the development of social-emotional competencies for every student K-12 throughout the district. 

Mr. Martinez is an accomplished and collaborative professional with thirty-one years of K-12 leadership experience, with a track record of improving educational and operational performance through vision, leadership, and team building. His experience spans suburban and urban school districts and includes twenty-four years of administrative involvement complimented by eight years of teaching and five years of state-level consulting. Mr. Martinez has a strong background in Special Education, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), School Counseling, and RTI. He is a graduate of the Urban School Leaders Fellowship.

As principal of Fox Run Elementary School, Mr. Martinez successfully piloted and implemented virtually every district initiative to improve instruction including the Connecticut K-3 Literacy Initiative. He was the first to establish a school-based preschool, family resource center, and redesign Fox Run’s Media Center into a Learning Commons. He also co-chaired the districts' school counseling redesign committee.

Mr. Martinez earned a 6th-year degree in Educational Leadership with a Superintendent of Schools endorsement. He is a Doctor of Education candidate at Sacred Heart University and has broadened his leadership skills through his service as an elected member of the Monroe Public Schools Board of Education.

A search will be underway to select a highly qualified administrator as the next principal of Fox Run Elementary School.