During the May 19, 2020 meeting, the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Christopher R. Martinez as assistant principal of Lexington High School, effective July 1. An educator with 17 years of experience, Martinez comes to our district from Richland County School District One.
Martinez served as coordinator of multi-tiered student support for Richland One for five years. In this role, he managed staff and led professional development for the multi-tiered student program. He also provided academic and behavioral support to all grade levels throughout the district. Martinez implemented crisis prevention training for district staff as well as participating with a team to develop therapeutic behavioral programs for elementary school students. He focused on reducing suspensions through restorative practices and other alternative programs. He served on the leadership team for the South Carolina School Behavioral Health Alliance and helped plan their annual conference to support mental health programs in schools.
He also served as an assistant principal and math and science teacher in various states. At the beginning of his career, he taught math and science at Christian Family Academy in Florida from 2000–2003 and Syms Middle School in Hampton, Virginia, from 2007–2008. In 2008, Martinez moved to Poplar Bluff, Missouri, teaching math and physics for five years at Poplar Bluff High School. He was named Teacher of the Year in 2010 and promoted to assistant principal in 2013, serving in that role for two years before moving to South Carolina.
Martinez earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian ministry from Trinity International University and a Master of Arts in religion from Regent University. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida International University, a Master of Education in teaching from Regent University and an Educational Specialist in Administration degree from William Woods University. He holds a certification in Restorative Justice in Schools. Martinez is the lead pastor of Lakeside Church in Lexington.