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HCPSS Interim Superintendent

HCPSS Strategic Call to Action

Learning and Leading with Equity – The Fierce Urgency of Now

Learn more about Dr. Martirano’s call to action for the HCPSS Community

About Dr. Martirano

Dr. Michael J. Martirano was named interim superintendent for the Howard County Public School System in May 2017. 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.

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.

HCPSS Executive Leadership Team

HCPSS Interim Superintendent Michael Martirano has reorganized Central Office in order to promote equity, improve efficiencies, and ensure academic excellence for all students. The new organization provides a flatter leadership model that fosters cross and vertical collaboration and opens lines of communication at all levels throughout the school system. With a focus on instruction as a birth-through-graduation continuum, the new structure better positions the school system to support schools and communities, improve responsiveness to parents/guardians, and enhance transparency. Learn more about the Executive Leadership Team →

The State of Howard County Schools

Read Dr. Martirano’s remarks to the Howard County Chamber of Commerce on September 14, 2017.

Podcast Feature: The Randall Black Show

On the podcast, Dr. Martirano looks back at his time serving in the State of West Virginia and looks forward to what his future might hold.

Listen to the podcast episode →

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.

Read his staff focus story →

Guiding Principles

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Press Inquiries

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Dr. Michael Martirano visited schools and met with staff during his first week at HCPSS.

Learn more about Dr. Michael Martirano’s leadership philosophy and goals.

In this in-depth interview, we take a closer look at Acting Superintendent Martirano – his background, priorities and vision for the school system.