I would like to formally introduce myself as the newest addition to the FHS administrative team. My name is Genesi Martinez and I will proudly serve as the 9th Grade Vice Principal.
I am elated to join the FHS team and look forward to the new challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for us and our students.
As a first generation college student born and raised in Jersey City, I proudly earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Rutgers University, and subsequently my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers.
Soon thereafter, I began my work in education in New Brunswick Public Schools where I taught for over 7 years. I went back to school to earn my Supervisor and Principal Certificate through the NJEXCEL Program. My internships provided me with the opportunity to connect with the larger community and organize building-wide events on a regular basis. This directly influenced my pursuit of administration as I saw how my voice, tenacity, and relatability created impact on the needs of the general student body.
I have proudly had the opportunity to serve as the Vice Principal at Hillcrest Elementary School and the Road to Success Alternative Program since January 2020. Leading in this capacity has developed my program building skills which has afforded my students opportunities to deepen and vary their academic, social, and emotional aptitude.
"... research suggests that participation in extracurricular activities may increase students' sense of engagement and thereby decreases the likelihood of school failure and dropping out," (Lamborn et al, 1992; Finn, 1993). At FHS, we have over 70 clubs that provide our diverse student body with opportunities to develop shared responsibility, work toward common goals, and encourage a sense of culture and community. As the After School Clubs Coordinator, I am determined to work alongside our advisors to promote all of our clubs and help the newest members of our school community find a safe space to explore their interests.
I have the immense opportunity and responsibility to serve the needs of a larger student body at FHS. I will be working with a strong team of dedicated individuals in developing and expanding college and career readiness initiatives that will enhance our students' present and future outcomes. I am prepared to build relationships, create and strengthen opportunities for all students, and prepare them for a successful post-secondary life.
Yours in Education,