Mart­feld hired as SSHS prin­ci­pal

■ Snavely leaves SSHS for po­si­tion at Spring­dale

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Janelle Jessen Staff Writer ■

Anne Mart­feld of Spring­dale was hired as the new Siloam Springs High School prin­ci­pal dur­ing Thurs­day’s school board meet­ing.

Mart­feld was one of six new li­censed em­ploy­ees and two ad­min­is­tra­tors hired dur­ing the meet­ing. Victoria Groomer of Siloam Springs was hired as as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Allen Ele­men­tary School.

Mart­feld was hired as the the sixth- through eighth-grade prin­ci­pal at Don Tyson School of In­no­va­tion in May for the up­com­ing school year be­fore ac­cept­ing the job in Siloam Springs. She will re­place Ja­son Jones, who re­signed last month to take a po­si­tion at Spring­dale High School — the largest high school in the state.

Mart­feld served as the as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Don Tyson School of In­no­va­tion since 2016, ac­cord­ing to her re­sume. Be­fore that, she was a ju­nior high as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal in Spring­dale, and served as an ad­min­is­tra­tor in the Rogers School District. Pre­vi­ously, she

worked as a busi­ness teacher, and cheer and dance coach in Fayet­teville, Fort Smith and Bartlesville, Okla., schools.

Mart­feld has a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the Univer­sity of Arkansas, a master of sci­ence in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship from Arkansas State Univer­sity and is cur­rently pur­su­ing an ed­u­ca­tional spe­cial­ist de­gree from the ASU.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Ken Ramey said that 25 can­di­dates ap­plied for the high school prin­ci­pal’s po­si­tion. Seven can­di­dates were in­ter­viewed, in­clud­ing three in­ter­nal and four ex­ter­nal can­di­dates.

An in­ter­view panel con­sist­ing of eight Siloam Springs ad­min­is­tra­tors, in­clud­ing Ramey, unan­i­mously chose Mart­feld for the po­si­tion.

“Through the in­ter­view process and vis­it­ing with her ref­er­ence, we be­lieve that she will be a ter­rific in­struc­tional leader for our high school,” the panel wrote in a rec­om­men­da­tion let­ter. “Her ded­i­ca­tion to ed­u­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence were ev­i­dent through the in­ter­view. She has ex­pe­ri­ence in lead­ing a con­ver­sion char­ter school, a back­ground in ca­reer ed­u­ca­tion and a deep knowl­edge of pro­cesses for cre­at­ing an ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient in­struc­tional en­vi­ron­ment. Her ref­er­ences spoke well of her work ethic, her im­pec­ca­ble peo­ple skills, her heart, her de­vo­tion to ed­u­ca­tion and her lead­er­ship skills.”

Ramey said that Mart­feld has 21 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in ed­u­ca­tion with a great aca­demic fo­cus par­al­lel­ing the high school’s aims. He de­scribed her as me­thod­i­cal and well or­ga­nized.

“I think she will be a strong leader for us,” Ramey said. “She will be our first fe­male leader in the district at the high school.”

Groomer will re­place Amy Huf­ford, who is trans­fer­ring to the po­si­tion of as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Southside Ele­men­tary School.

Groomer spent the last nine years serv­ing Spring­dale schools, first as an ele­men­tary class­room teacher and most re­cently as an in­struc­tional fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the past four years. Prior to work­ing in Spring­dale, Groomer was an English as a sec­ond lan­guage as­sis­tant in Rogers Schools, ac­cord­ing to the let­ter rec­om­mend­ing her for the po­si­tion of as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Allen Ele­men­tary School.

Groomer has a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in ele­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion from the U of A, and a master’s in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship from Hard­ing Univer­sity.

There were 46 ap­pli­cants for the po­si­tion and seven were in­ter­viewed by a com­mit­tee of Siloam Springs ad­min­is­tra­tors, ac­cord­ing to the rec­om­men­da­tion let­ter, writ­ten by Tanya Johnson, prin­ci­pal of Allen Ele­men­tary School.

“The in­ter­view com­mit­tee and I be­lieve her ex­pe­ri­ences as a teacher and in­struc­tional fa­cil­i­ta­tor will be an as­set in the role as as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Allen Ele­men­tary,” Johnson wrote.

Ramey said that Groomer is very strong in­struc­tion­ally and very fo­cused.

“I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with her, and I feel like she will be a dif­fer­ence-maker for young chil­dren,” he said.


School board mem­bers also ac­cepted res­ig­na­tions from eight li­censed staff mem­bers at Thurs­day’s meet­ing, in­clud­ing Kevin Snavely, vice high school prin­ci­pal, and Sarah Jones, Pan­ther Health and Well­ness Clinic di­rec­tor.

Snavely was hired as as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Spring­dale High School, Ramey said. He has served the Siloam Springs High School for the past seven years, ac­cord­ing to his res­ig­na­tion let­ter.

“I will for­ever be in­debted to you, the school board and the lead­er­ship of the Siloam Springs School District for giv­ing me an op­por­tu­nity to learn and grow,” Snavely wrote. “How­ever, I am ex­cited that I will have the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue my ca­reer at my alma mater, Spring­dale High School.”

Sarah Jones, wife of Ja­son Jones, has also ac­cepted a po­si­tion in Spring­dale Schools, Ramey said. In her res­ig­na­tion let­ter, she ex­plained that she is leav­ing Siloam Springs to help her fam­ily tran­si­tion to a new com­mu­nity.

“I have deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the ex­pe­ri­ence, re­la­tion­ships and im­pact that be­ing a part of this team has made on my life,” Jones wrote. “Thank you for al­low­ing me to serve the stu­dents, staff and fam­i­lies within the district, it has been a plea­sure.”

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