Jill Martin, Ph.D.
Principal,Thomas B. Doherty High School,Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nominee: Richard P. DuFour
Jill Martin has been an educator for thirty-eight years and a high school principal for the past fourteen, both in Colorado and Ohio. She is currently the principal of Doherty High School in Colorado Springs District 11 in Colorado. She was named as the 2006 Colorado High School Principal of the Year and was recently honored as the 2007 NASSP/MetLife National High School Principal of the Year. These awards reflect her commitment to collaborative leadership and successful efforts to personalize the school environment and increase literacy and academic rigor. Previous professional experiences include teaching English and Special Education, and serving as a Team Leader, Dean of Students and Assistant and Associate Principal. She has conducted numerous workshops on issues and trends in public education and teaches graduate courses for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of Phoenix. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and English from Monmouth University in New Jersey, a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Denver, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado.