Craig Martin

Commission Co-Chair

Craig (he/him/his) was named the 2018 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the 2018 Elementary Principal of the Year by the Massachusetts School Administrators Association. In 2009, Boston Public Schools awarded Craig the Educator of the Year award.

Craig achieved his national profile during his six-year principalship of the Michael J. Perkins School where student achievement improved by +320% leading to reversals in achievement gaps among English Language Learners and Latino American Learners, a 50% reduction in suspensions, and a 25% decline in chronic absenteeism.

Since joining Bridge Boston, Craig has implemented a competitive teacher compensation model, adopted restorative practices to champion student voice and reduce punitive disciplinary measures, oversaw the hiring and onboarding of a new principal, and is managing the school’s response to COVID-19.

Craig earned his Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Dillard University in his native New Orleans, Louisiana, and his Master of Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.

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