A new era will begin at Christ the King High School in Middle Village this September as the Catholic institution will have a brand-new principal.
The Christ the King High School board of trustees announced their appointment of Geri Martinez as the new principal on Friday, Aug. 18.
“After a thorough review of highly qualified candidates, we at Christ the King are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Geri Martinez as principal,” said Serphin R. Maltese, chairman of the Christ the King board of trustees, in a statement. “Her experience and enthusiasm as an educator for over 30 years will be a wonderful fit with the hard work and efforts put in by the faculty and administration to make Christ the King a pillar of academic excellence.”
Martinez has a wealth of experience in Catholic education, beginning her career at Stella Maris High School in Rockaway Park. She started as the school’s guidance counselor, then the assistant principal. Martinez was then the principal at Stella Maris for 14 years.
When Stella Maris closed in 2010, Martinez served as assistant principal of Bishop Kearney High School in Brooklyn, where she most recently served as its interim principal.
“I have been blessed in my life to always be able to do what I love to do, working with faculty and students, meeting the challenges of each day and searching for the next step in the continuum of professional and personal growth for all,” Martinez said. “I now look forward to my new role as principal of Christ the King High School.”
Martinez holds a degree in school counseling and New York State certification in administration and supervision. She has also been teaching at St. Joseph’s College for more than 16 years and currently serves on a variety of educational and Catholic-affiliated organizations.