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CKSD hires secondary, elementary bosses

Hertica Martin, director for professional and organizational development for the Tacoma Public Schools will serve as the next Central Kitsap School District executive director for elementary teaching and learning. Julie Goldsmith, assistant superintendent for instructional programs for the Lake Washington School District, is the next executive director for secondary teaching and learning. Martin and Goldsmith will begin their new positions in Central Kitsap on July 1.

The Central Kitsap school board approved the hiring Wednesday night at its regularly scheduled meeting.

“I am honored to be selected as part of the leadership team in Central Kitsap, which is known for providing a quality educational program for its students. I look forward to working in partnership with administration, staff, students, parents, and the community as we continue the journey of meaningful change while focusing on the District’s most important role, which is to successfully meet the needs of every student,” Martin said.

Goldsmith was just as eager about her new role.

“I am excited to be joining the Central Kitsap’s team and having the opportunity to work with an excellent staff and community. Central Kitsap has a reputation for developing collaborative working relationships focused on improving student learning,” she stated

CK’s new superintendent Greg Lynch is pleased that Martin and Goldsmith will be with the district.

“Hertica Martin and Julie Goldsmith are both exceptionally qualified administrators with a proven record of deep experience in elementary and secondary education. We are all very pleased to bring such outstanding expertise to our District,” he said.

In addition to serving the Tacoma Public Schools as the director of professional and organizational development, Martin also has served as the director of curriculum development and implementation. She began her career in education as an elementary teacher at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal School in the U.S. Virgin Islands before coming to the Tacoma Public Schools as an elementary special education teacher. Her prior experience also includes serving as an elementary principal and associate elementary principal in the North Thurston School District.

Martin received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1976 from the University of the Virgin Islands, her master’s in education in 1981 from Seattle University, her administrative credentials in 1985 from Pacific Lutheran University, her doctorate in education in 2002 from the Fielding Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif., and her superintendent credentials in 2004 from Seattle Pacific University.

In addition to serving Lake Washington School District as the assistant superintendent of instructional programs, Goldsmith was the director of curriculum and instruction, an elementary principal, and a curriculum and assessment supervisor. She began her career in education as an elementary teacher in Anchorage, Alaska, before coming to Washington as a special education teacher in the Vancouver School District. She also taught special education in the Evergreen and Renton School Districts.

Goldsmith received her bachelor’s degree in education in 1974 from Washington State University, her continuing education/secondary teaching certification in 1981 from Portland State University, and her master’s degree in school administration and principal certification in 1989 from Seattle University.

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