Kristi Martin knows she has big shoes
"Mr. Gilbert is an icon at Tellico
Plains High School," she said. "Everyone loved him."
When longtime teacher James "Jim" Gilbert retired at the end of the school year, the position of
graduation coach was left vacant. Last week, Monroe County Director
of Schools Mike Lowry offered the job to Martin and she decided she
was up for the challenge.
"Tellico is my home; I graduated from
there," said Martin. "I really care about the kids in that
community. It's a great place and this was a really good
Lowry believes that as a former student
of the school, Martin has a vested interest in the community and the
students she will serve.
"Her enthusiasm and positive
attitude, along with a strong work ethic, will be an additional plus
to the great staff in place at Tellico Plains High School," said
Martin, who now lives between Tellico
Plains and Madisonville, has worked for the Lenoir City School System
for the past 16 years, helping youth who are at risk for being placed
into state custody.
"My job was to make sure that those
students were successful in school and problem solve any challenges
they might be facing outside of school," said Martin.
In addition to her work in the Lenoir
City School System, Martin has worked in both the elementary and
secondary education settings, teaching in North Carolina and gaining
experience in special education as well.
"I've had to work using a lot of data
also, which is very important with the new guidelines the state has
issued in regards to curriculum," Martin explained. "I've also
worked to be able to identify where students may be in need of
additional assistance and pinpoint what the early indicators are for
students who may be at risk for not passing."
Lowry was impressed with Martin's
knowledge of data and instruction.
See full story in the Sunday, June 16, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.