(Winston-Salem, NC) --After 18 years on the job, Dr. Don Martin announced his retirement on Thursday from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
Martin said he will finish the 2012-2013 school year and then will step down. He wanted to give the school system time to search for his replacement.
Martin told the media at a news conference, that he has put a lot of thought into and after spending time with his granddaughter this past weekend, he made the decision. Martin said there are many reasons he's retiring, but one for sure is he wants to spend more time with family.
Don Martin is a native of Athens, Georgia. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Duke University, his Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Mathematics from Duke University, and his doctorate degree in Educational Administration from the University of Kentucky. His career in education began in 1973 as a math and physics teacher in Wilkes County, North Carolina.
Dr. Martin has been Superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools for the past 18 years. Prior to his coming to Winston-Salem, he served as superintendent of two school systems in Kentucky and the Rowan-Salisbury School System in North Carolina.
Among his honors, he was named 2011 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Martin was recently invited by the US Department of Education to present at its Conference on Advancing Student Achievement through Labor-Management Collaboration in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Martin is married and has three grown children-and one very special granddaughter, Delanie Beth. His wife, Rita, is the guidance director at North Forsyth High School.