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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

Student Member of the Board Speaks to HCPSS Staff

During the 2019-2020 staff kickoff events, Student Member of the Board Allison Alston delivered an impassioned speech for all HCPSS employees to remember the success of students begins with them.
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Dr. Michael J. Martirano was named superintendent for the Howard County Public School System in July 2018 after serving as interim superintendent since 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 “to teach a child well, you must know a child well,” he is committed to ensuring equity and giving every child an opportunity to succeed.

Dr. Martirano is leading Howard County public schools with his Strategic Call to Action, which guides all system actions and decisions toward ensuring the academic success and social-emotional well-being for each student in an inclusive and nurturing environment. He has been an educator for more than 35 years, including as a science teacher, principal, superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools, West Virginia state superintendent of schools and visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University.

2019 Commencement Speech

Dr. Martirano speaks to our graduating seniors about the importance of character.

Read his graduation speech →

Staff Focus Story

Dr. Martirano says he is a “teacher first and foremost” and puts students at the center of every decision.

Read his staff focus feature →

HCPSS Executive Leadership Team

HCPSS 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 →

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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 Superintendent Martirano – his background, priorities and vision for the school system.