Martin Ringstaff Of Cleveland City Schools Named Southeast Tennessee Superintendent Of Year

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cleveland City Schools announced that Director of Schools Martin Ringstaff has been named the Southeast Tennessee Superintendent of the Year by the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents.

Dr. Ringsstaff was selected by his peers for this honor based on the criteria of leadership for learning, communication, professionalism, and community involvement. Dr. Ringstaff has completed his third year as the Director of Cleveland City Schools.

Dr. Ringstaff was the only Tennessee superintendent chosen for the inaugural class of the AASA National Superintendent Certification Program. Twenty-eight superintendents from across the country are participating in this two year program that concludes in February 2015. 

During his three years as Director of Cleveland City Schools, Dr. Ringstaff has guided the school system in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. He was recently reappointed for a second term on the Common Core Leadership Council for the Tennessee Department of Education. Dr. Ringstaff will also oversee the $11 million demolition and construction project of the new Cleveland High School gymnasium.

Dr. Ringstaff is married to Heather Ringstaff, math teacher at Cleveland High School. They have three children, son Colby and twin daughters Jayden and Jordan. Dr. Ringstaff wiII be one of eight nominees for the Tennessee Superintendent of the Year.


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