Shadrach Martin, the principal of Success Institute Charter School, a Coalition member school, is the subject of a new feature story in the Iredell Free News. He recently took the helm at the K-8 charter school, located in Statesville, North Carolina. Today the pressroom of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools included the story in its daily roundup of charter news from around the nation.
From the Marine Corps to public education
A Marine Corps veteran, Shadrach Martin began his career in education as a teaching assistant and bus driver, later becoming a school administrator in Guilford County Schools. He also launched a mentoring program, “A Few Good Men,” in Iredell-Statesville Schools and Guilford County Schools. In a letter to the Success Institute school community earlier this year, he shared his background in education and his hopes to bring the mentoring program to the charter school.
We share an excerpt from the Iredell Free Press story below:
Martin strives to lead by example and is known as a hands-on leader.
When a coach had a schedule conflict, Martin stepped in to help coach basketball. He also has driven the school bus on an early release day.
His mission is to educate children — inside and outside of the classroom.
“It’s not about telling them, but showing them — while putting the resources in front of them — about what’s out there to help them reach their full potential,” Martin said.
Martin wants to increase academic rigor and make sure every student leaves the K-8 school prepared for high school. He also stresses the importance of giving back to the community and has students participate in community service projects throughout the school year.
Read the rest of the article here. Congratulations to Shadrach Martin and Success Institute Charter School!