Get to Know HCPSS Superintendent Michael Martirano

We are excited to launch a new "Get to Know" feature and who better to start with than our Superintendent, Dr. Martirano! Look for more HCPSS leaders and staff in the future - and be sure to check out the Get to Know with Dr. Martirano on the HCPSS Instagram.

Photo of Michael Martirano posing at the beach with his grandchildren. Background of image says Get to Know ... Dr. Michael Martirano HCPSS Superintendent

Why did you choose to work in education?
I am driven as the day is long to help those who are less fortunate and those who need additional support. It is my guiding tenet of life. By choosing to work in education, it has afforded me the opportunity to do meaningful and powerful work everyday for our young people. I am the grandson of an Italian immigrant who was a coal miner and a stone mason. I was always told that hard work, persistence and getting an education would be the key to a productive future. My guiding focus has always been to unlock all the educational opportunities for every young person so their dreams and aspirations can be realized. It is my North Star.

What is the best professional advice you've ever received?
Always be compassionate, kind and do all you can to support students who need additional care and support. Never lose sight of your "why" and be intentional and authentic in all that you do.

What is an unpopular thing that you like a lot?
I am a foodie for sure. I like many different foods and I have an affinity for robust, strong flavorful olives, peppers, capers and cheese.

What is on your bucket list?
I would like to do a Ted Talk or host my own Podcast.

What is the most interesting place you’ve ever been?
By far, Rome, Italy. I spent 5 days there a few years ago and barely scratched the surface. The culture, the connections to my family lineage, the deep and rich history were beyond intriguing and had me wanting for more.

Tell us something that others might not know about you. 
I have 5 beautiful grandchildren and they are the joy of my life.