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ND Announces New Permanent Principal

ND Announces New Permanent Principal

Notre Dame President Ken Jennings announced the appointment of the new permanent Principal of Notre Dame High School. Following an extensive search and interview process, Interim Principal, Ms. Michele Martinez, was selected as the permanent Principal.  

Mr. Jennings looks forward to the continued collaboration with Principal Martinez in the President-Principal leadership model at Notre Dame. Mr. Jennings stated, “Ms. Martinez has served as an outstanding Interim Principal these past several months, and I am confident in her leadership as she becomes our permanent Principal. Michele has already provided strategic guidance with the McAuley Studies learning program by initiating changes to better serve our students. Michele is a transformative leader who always thinks of ways Notre Dame can nurture our students academically, spiritually, and emotionally.”
 
The Notre Dame High School Board of Governors strongly supported selecting Ms. Martinez as Principal in the following statement by Richard Smith, Chair of the Board: “Ms. Martinez has served as interim Principal since August 2023. As Interim Principal, she has demonstrated her leadership abilities, commitment to academic excellence, and willingness to engage with parents and students at a high level."    
 
Dr. Vincent DePaul Schmidt expressed his excitement at Ms. Martinez’s appointment, “As Superintendent of Schools in the Diocese of Trenton, I am pleased that Notre Dame Catholic High School has found its next administrative leader. Michele Martinez has seen the school for the past year, working as the interim, and is committed to building a team within the school that will add to the success and traditions that make NDHS such a vital educational resource for students in the western counties of the Diocese and even into Pennsylvania. The school has such a bright future with its leadership team. I am excited to see the growth of the program continue.”
 
Before being appointed Interim Principal at Notre Dame, Ms. Martinez was the Vice Principal of Academic Affairs at Camden Catholic High School. She has been a New Jersey school educator for over 30 years. She completed her Master's Degree in Education-School Leadership at Wilmington University. Her undergraduate degree is in Speech Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Spanish. Ms. Martinez has held several leadership positions in education, including Vice Principal of Academic Affairs, High School Vice Principal of Student Activities and Discipline, High School Principal of Alternative Education, Elementary School Principal, District Director of Special Education, and she is a member of the NJ Advisory Committee for Special Education. For the past three years, Ms. Martinez has been an adjunct professor for Graduate Studies at Wilmington University in the fields of Instruction, Diagnostics/Assessment, Education, and Special Education Law, as well as a mentor for new NJ Administrators.

Upon learning of her appointment, Ms. Martinez said, “With a grateful and humble heart, I am honored to continue as the Principal of Notre Dame High School. I am filled with profound gratitude for the opportunity to lead and guide a school so deeply rooted in the rich traditions of the Catholic mission, where faith and education are intertwined. 

I am humbled by the responsibility of shaping the minds and hearts of our students, ensuring they receive an outstanding college preparatory education infused with our strong Mercy Core Values. The legacy of excellence and service that Notre Dame High School upholds inspires me to strive for continuous progression and innovation. I am dedicated to fostering a nurturing environment of diversity and inclusion where every student can thrive academically, spiritually, and personally. The trust and confidence placed in me by the school community is a responsibility I hold dear. Together, let us embark on this journey of growth, learning, and faith as we uphold the legacy of Notre Dame High School.”
 
In his announcement, Mr. Jennings asked that the Notre Dame community keep Principal, Ms. Martinez and all of the ND administrators, faculty, and staff in their prayers as the school moves forward with their mission to educate young women and men to realize their full potential through a faith-filled environment guided by Notre Dame’s Mercy Core Values.

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