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Westbrook BOE Appoints Martineau New Superintendent of Schools

At a special meeting Oct. 28, the Westbrook Board of Education (BOE) appointed Dr. Kristina J. Martineau its new superintendent of schools, effective Dec. 1. Martineau has worked in Region 4 Public Schools serving Chester, Deep River, and Essex since 2008, most recently as assistant superintendent. Martineau began her career as a history and world religions teacher in Romsey England. She then took on an adjunct instructor of English role at Sacred Heart University and simultaneously started teaching English at Fairfield Warde High School. After six years, Martineau assumed the role of dean at Warde. In 2008, she moved to Valley Regional High School in Region 4, where she served as associate principal (2008 to 2010), interim principal (2010 to 2011), and then principal (2011 to 2015) before assuming the responsibilities of assistant superintendent.

Westbrook BOE Chair Zachary Hayden said, “The Westbrook BOE took very seriously its responsibility to find the best candidate to lead our schools. We conducted an extensive search and were very pleased to have attracted a superb pool of candidates with strong experience and credentials. Dr. Martineau rose to the top of the group, demonstrating a thorough understanding of educational excellence, communicating a collaborative, open, and relational leadership style, and relaying an impressive understanding of our town and schools. She consistently expressed her willingness to engage with and learn from our school and community stakeholders in order to advance our school district.”

Martineau received her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland. She earned her first master of arts in English from University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England, and then a master of arts in teaching and sixth year in educational leadership from Sacred Heart University. Martineau received her superintendent certificate from Central Connecticut State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from University of Hartford.

Martineau told the board, “It is an honor and privilege to serve as your next superintendent of schools. It is with great excitement that I begin our work together to support the needs of all children in every step of their journey through Westbrook Public Schools. I care deeply about the students, families, staff, and the community I serve and will demonstrate this commitment and active engagement for many, many years to come to the Westbrook Public Schools community and to the town of Westbrook.”

The Westbrook BOE was guided in its search by Mary Broderick and Paul Gagliarducci consultants with CABE Search Services. They gathered perspectives from many stakeholders before writing the leadership profile that guided the board in its search for a new leader.

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