Superintendent of Schools
SAISD Academic Scholar celebration
Announcement of pilot program “Handle With Care”
(Pilot program will launch this spring in the SAPD East Patrol Unit - in partnership with SAISD, North East ISD and East Central ISD.)
SAISD to launch first P-TECH program in city
(High school focused on cybersecurity to open August 2019)
Día de los Muertos at the Pearl
Book donation from Mexican Consulate at San Antonio
Pedro Martinez joined San Antonio ISD as superintendent in June 2015, bringing to the District a laser-like focus on improving academic achievement. He firmly believes students will rise to the challenge with the proper supports, and that by setting the bar high, many more students will demonstrate the aptitude and aspiration to perform at higher levels and be well-prepared for college and career.
Martinez is a data-driven leader with a strong financial background and in-depth knowledge of academic reform strategies.In January 2016, Martinez unveiled the SAISD Blueprint for Excellence: Target 2020. The District set in motion the strategies outlined in the five-year plan in order to achieve 10 academic goals it has set. The plan is supported by five pillars: Academic Excellence, Talent Management, Culture Shift, Stakeholder Engagement and Fiscal Management.
The blueprint was developed with a long-term perspective and inclusive of the input of external institutions and organizations, as well as internal feedback. Martinez believes that the success of students extends beyond the time in the District and high school graduation, and for that to happen, all stakeholders need to be involved in the plan.
As he did then, Martinez continues to welcome community members to ask tough questions. He knows it’s a sign that these members are engaged or are looking to be engaged, and community involvement and commitment is what the District needs to realize its goals for transforming SAISD into a national model urban school district.
Each year, Martinez presents a State of the District address, which is hosted by the San Antonio and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, to communicate the progress and challenges the District is seeing as it implements the Blueprint for Excellence.
He also launched a Principal for a Day program – a mutual discovery experience both for community leaders and the District. The insightful program is leading to greater community involvement through mentoring, volunteering and other advocacy efforts, further improving student achievement.
Under his leadership, the District is seeing improved graduation and college-going rates, as well as expanded access to rigor. Innovative schools have been developed and launched providing new models of education. In addition, strong academic programs in existing schools have been expanded to provide high-quality choice for families.
Martinez remains involved in education reform and is frequently invited to speak on the topic. He is a member of Chiefs for Change, a nonprofit, bipartisan network of diverse state and district education chiefs.
He also serves on the boards of the Southern Regional Education Board, The Council of Greater City Schools, the Master Leadership Program of Greater San Antonio, the P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County, the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, and is an ex-officio board member of The Dee Howard Foundation.
Martinez also participates in the Trinity University Superintendents Forum and is a member of the UTSA President’s Downtown Campus Advisory Council.
He has been honored with the 2016 Council of the Great City Schools Recognition Award, the 2017 City Year San Antonio Ripples of Hope Award, the 2017 Greater San Antonio After School All-Stars National Education Excellence Award and the 2018 United Communities of San Antonio Brotherhood/Sisterhood Humanitarian Award.
Before coming to SAISD, Martinez was Superintendent-in-Residence for the Nevada Department of Education and was responsible for advising the Governor’s office and the State Superintendent of Instruction on education policy decisions. Prior to that, he served as superintendent for the 64,000-student Washoe County School District, covering the Reno, Nevada area.
He also previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third-largest school district, under the leadership of Arne Duncan, the former U.S. Secretary of Education.Martinez has more than 20 years of experience in the private, nonprofit and public education sectors. He holds an M.B.A. from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also is a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy.