Friday, June 14, 2013

Bellevue principal named new curriculum director

Angie Martinez to replace Kathleen Budge

Express Staff Writer

    Bellevue Elementary School Principal Angie Martinez has been appointed as the new Blaine County School District director of curriculum, teaching and learning.
    Martinez replaces Kathleen Budge, who recently resigned after serving in the position for less than a year. The district reported earlier that Budge is engaged to be married and will resume her teaching position at Boise State University.
    Budge, who assumed the director of curriculum position in October, replaced Patricia McLean, who served in the position for two years before resigning last August. The district reported earlier that McLean left the district “to pursue other opportunities.”
    The district reported in a press release that Martinez was the unanimous choice for curriculum director from a hiring committee of 13 people, representing administration, principals, teachers and parents.
    Martinez has 23 years of experience as an educator. She has served as Bellevue elementary principal for seven years.
    “We are so fortunate to find a candidate of Mrs. Martinez’s professional stature,” stated district Superintendent Lonnie Barber. “She is focused, driven, knows the School District and most importantly is student-centered. She will bring an understanding and stability to the position that the district needs.”
    Martinez received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Idaho State University and a Master of Education degree from the University of Idaho.
    She has been with the Blaine County School District since 1997, having served as a special education teacher at Hailey Elementary School before being hired as Bellevue elementary principal in 2006.
    “Throughout my 23 years in education, and most recently in my seven years as principal of Bellevue Elementary School, I have developed a great understanding of the significant role that instructional leadership and effective instruction have on the comprehensive development of our youth and their resulting achievements,” Martinez stated.

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