Superintendent of Schools
Visiting with bus drivers on the first day of school
With members of the Japhet ES family
Visiting a Bonham Academy classroom on the first day of school
At the 2015 employee Convocation
With SAISD’s newest principals at the 2015 Summer Leadership Summit
Pedro Martinez most recently was Superintendent in Residence for the Nevada Department of Education in Reno, Nevada 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 Washoe County School District.
While in Washoe County, Mr. Martinez improved graduation rates and increased the percentage of students participating in and passing the Advanced Placement exam. 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, now U.S. Secretary of Education. His employment history reflects that he is a data-driven leader with a strong financial background and in-depth knowledge of academic reform strategies.
Martinez has more than 20 years of experience in the private, nonprofit and public education sectors. He holds an MBA from DePaul University and a bachelor’s from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also is a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy.