HCPSS Acting Superintendent
About Dr. Martirano
Dr. Michael J. Martirano is the acting superintendent for the Howard County Public School System. He considers himself a teacher first and foremost and believes children must be at the center of all decision-making. Guided by the principle that all children can and will learn, he is committed to ensuring equity and giving every child an opportunity to succeed. His ultimate goal is to improve student achievement and ensure a world-class education for all students.
Dr. Martirano most recently served as West Virginia state superintendent of schools, during which the state saw notable success in the areas of early childhood literacy, graduation rates and career technical education. He previously served as superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools (Maryland), has been an educator for more than 30 years, and has a wide range of educational and administrative experience through his work as a science teacher, principal and visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University.
In May 2017, Dr. Martirano was named interim superintendent for the Howard County Public School System, effective July 1, 2017.
Staff Focus Story
A former HCPSS parent and director of school administration, Martirano looks forward to “getting back to the root of what I do–working with kids–at a place I love.” He views himself as “a teacher first and foremost” and believes children must be at the center of every decision made for the school system.
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