HEMET – Jennifer Martin, Ph.D., director of special education for Hemet Unified School District, was promoted to the assistant superintendent of student services at the district’s board meeting, July 21.
Martin said she is excited about the transition and to have the opportunity to further support students and the communities of HUSD. As the assistant superintendent, she will oversee child welfare and attendance, centralized registration, health services, parent resource center, SAFE after school program and special education. Her focus in leading these departments will be to provide a cohesive support system for all students.
“I am truly thankful to be given this opportunity and to continue to serve on behalf of students,” Martin said. “I look forward to further supporting, ensuring equity and continuing improving outcomes for all students and families within our district.”
Martin said her new position will allow her to support students in a more diverse way by providing an environment in which all students can learn. Her goal is to create an integrated process that supports increased outcomes for all students.
As the director of special education, Martin worked collaboratively with other department leaders and community partners, an opportunity she believes will further support her as she makes the transition to assistant superintendent with a greater understanding of the needs of the families HUSD serves. One of the first projects she will assist in is to help support the learning loss for students with disabilities and to work with families and the community as students continue with online learning. Martin said she is thankful to continue to work with the Student Services division as they work to help support the social-emotional and mental health needs of our students and families caused by this pandemic.
“This pandemic has made us change the way that we lead and deliver educational services, and personally as a leader, I know that I will be a stronger and more effective leader because of the way this pandemic has challenged us to think and respond,” Martin said.
Submitted by Hemet Unified School District.