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State Superintendent of Schools

Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D.

Photo of Dr. Martirano Dr. Michael Martirano began serving as West Virginia's 30th state superintendent of schools in September 2014. Martirano has been an educator for 30 years and has amassed a wide range of educational and administrative experience through his work as a science teacher, principal and visiting professor at John Hopkins University. Most recently, he served as superintendent of St. Mary's County Public Schools in Leonardtown, Maryland where during his tenure the 4-year graduation rate increased from the low 80s to an all-time high of 93.5%.

As a risk-taker and innovator, he consistently focuses his energy on improving academic success and building positive relationships. He was selected the 2009 Superintendent of the Year in Maryland and a 2010 Innovator of the Year by the Maryland Daily Record. Recently, he was named as a "Chief Making A Difference" for the 2nd Annual Smart List Awards for the 40 people shaping the Future of K-12 Education in America.

Martirano holds a Doctorate of Education degree in school management and instructional leadership from Nova Southeastern University, two Masters of Education degrees and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland.

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