Wilson HS Principal Announced

Wilson High School

After a nearly six month nationwide search, Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced today that Woodrow Wilson High School will have a new principal for the 2015-2016 school year. Dr. Kimberly Martin, who currently leads Aspen High School in Colorado, will take the helm of the District’s largest school. Her tenure will begin on June 29, 2015.

Martin replaces interim principal Greg Bargeman, who took over for former principal Peter Cahall when he decided not to complete the school year after his contract was not renewed.

The full text of Henderson’s letter to Wilson High School community members follows: 

June 1, 2015
Dear Wilson Senior High School Community:

As you know, every year we conduct a nationwide search for the best principals to lead our schools. To deliver a high-quality education to all students, it takes a strong school leader who is singularly focused on raising student achievement. Astounding advances are possible when the right leader is at the helm of a school.

The Wilson school community supported this search by examining potential candidates and making their recommendations, and we sincerely appreciate your time and efforts on behalf of our students. After balancing your input and recommendations with the needed experience and skills that research links to success, we concluded that your recommendation, Dr. Kimberly Martin, is the strongest candidate to lead the Wilson school community.

I am happy to report that Dr. Martin has accepted the offer to be the Wilson High School principal. Her official appointment begins on June 29, 2015.

Kimberly Martin has over 16 years of experience as an educator. She began her career in Lorain, Ohio where she spent five years teaching high school English and history before being promoted to the principal of Lorain Admiral King High School in 2003. She spent two years there before transferring to lead Thomas W. Harvey High School in Painesville, Ohio in 2005. Dr. Martin spent seven years as the principal of Harvey High School before being tapped to lead Aspen High School, Colorado’s number one public high school in 2012.

Dr. Martin has a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Case Western Reserve University, a master’s degree in education from John Carroll University, and a doctorate in urban education from Cleveland State University.

I want to thank everyone who participated in the principal selection process, especially the school community panel that reviewed a number of quality candidates. Dr. Martin is excited to meet all of you, and I hope you will give her your warm welcome and support as she leads your children toward success.


Kaya Henderson Chancellor