Craig Martin named Student Services Director - November 27, 2007

Record Number: 3663
Displayed from: Nov 27, 2007 , until: Dec 27, 2007

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees hired Y. Craig Martin at its meeting Monday, Nov. 26, to serve as the Director of Student Services. Mr. Martin has worked in the district since 1989 when he was hired as a fourth-grade teacher at Southern Heights Elementary School (now Scott Academy). During his five years at Southern Heights he also taught second grade before transferring to Arlington Elementary School where he spent three years. While at Arlington, Mr. Martin taught fourth grade, fifth grade and the alternative program for third- through fifth-graders. In 1997, he took a position at Fairfield Elementary as a curriculum specialist and a year later was promoted to assistant principal at Holland. In 1999, Mr. Martin became principal at Lincoln Elementary School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Fort Wayne Bible College (now Taylor University Fort Wayne) in 1989. In 1998, he received a Master of Science degree in Education Administration from Indiana University. Mr. Martin has two children, Caleb, 11, and Kelsey, 12, who attend FWCS schools. Mr. Martin fills the Student Services position left vacant when former director Jerry White passed away in August. Student Services oversees many of the district's critical programs, including the magnet and school choice programs, health services, programs for homeless students and counseling services.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.