SAISD Superintendent Finalist Bios
The following bios were provided by the San Antonio Independent School District.
Martinez is the current Superintendent in Residence for Nevada Department of Education in Reno, Nevada and is responsible for advising the Governor's office and the State Superintendent of Instruction on education policy decisions. Most recently, Martinez served as the Superintendent for Washoe County School Districts. While in Washoe County, he improved graduation rates and increased the percentage of students participating in and passing the Advanced Placement exam. He also previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third largest school district, under the leadership of Arne Duncan, now U.S. Secretary of Education. His employment history reflects that he is a data driven leader with a strong financial background and in-depth knowledge of academic reform strategies. Martinez has over 20 years of experience in the private, nonprofit, and public education sectors, which he believes give him the leadership and management skills necessary to transform large urban school districts. Martinez holds an M.B.A from DePaul University and a bachelor's from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy.
Muri, a former teacher and principal, is Deputy Superintendent of Academics at Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. As an executive leader at Fulton Schools, which serves over 96,000 students and employs more than 14,000, Muri developed a personalized learning framework that allows each student to receive individualized learning experiences. He has used technology as a way to innovate the classroom experience and individualize instruction by forming a partnership with the acclaimed New Classrooms organization to implement the "Teach to One" method of learning. This method redesigned the traditional teaching model and increased student achievement by increasing the achievement levels of underperforming students in math by 20 percent. The success secured the district a $1.25 million dollar grant to expand this technology-driven approach within the district. During his time as the Chief Information Officer in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, he played an integral role in the school's achievement that resulted in being awarded the Broad Prize for Urban Education. Muri holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Stetson University and received his bachelor's degree in Intermediate Education and Middle School Education from Wake Forest University.
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