MANCHESTER, NH — Superintendent Bolgen Vargas has named assistant superintendent Chris Martin principal of Beech Street Elementary School. Dr. Martin moves into that role with the departure of Christine Brennan, who was recently sworn in as deputy commissioner of the NH Department of Education.
“I’m looking forward to being back in the school environment, working closely with staff and students,” said Dr. Martin. “When I was at Beech Street 25 years ago, the motto was ‘Nothing but the best at the Beech,’ and I intend to carry on that tradition.”
Dr. Martin has worked in the Manchester School District for nearly three decades. She began her education career in 1988 as the music teacher and chorale director for what was then Hillside Junior High School. She also taught music at several other schools in the 1990s, including Beech Street Elementary and Southside Middle School. In 2003 Dr. Martin became Manchester’s director of fine arts, overseeing faculty and curriculum for art and music programs across the district. Before becoming assistant superintendent in 2015, Dr. Martin had been principal of Webster Elementary School for five years.
“Dr. Martin is an experienced leader committed to educating students in our city,” said Dr. Vargas. “She is the right person to take the helm at Beech Street School and keep it moving forward.”
Dr. Martin earned her doctorate in educational leadership and community, focusing on the ways educators and organizations collaborate to help children reach their highest potential, from Plymouth State University in May 2016. Her undergraduate and master’s degrees were completed at the University of New Hampshire. She begins her duties at Beech Street Elementary School next week.