•   Welcome Back

     

    August 7, 2019

    Welcome to the 2019-20 school year at Hanover Central Middle School.  I hope all you enjoyed an exciting and relaxing summer and are ready to return to school.  The entire school staff has been working hard to add classroom space and get things ready for the largest group of kids the middle school has ever had. 

    Our staff has also grown.  We have added new teachers in positions we have not had in the past.  We are extremely lucky to not only have the excellent staff we had last year, but also many new teachers that are excited to be at our great school.  All of us are looking forward to having an amazing year and look forward to the kids being back in the building.

    Parents, please remember that there are never any questions that are too small to ask.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with whatever you need and we will do our best to help.  My door is always open to you if you have a concern or question or anything else.

    Enjoy these last few days of summer and I look forward to seeing you soon!

     

    Sincerely,

    Tom Martin

    Principal, Hanover Central Middle School

     

      Welcome Back

     

    August 7, 2019

    Welcome to the 2019-20 school year at Hanover Central Middle School.  I hope all you enjoyed an exciting and relaxing summer and are ready to return to school.  The entire school staff has been working hard to add classroom space and get things ready for the largest group of kids the middle school has ever had. 

    Our staff has also grown.  We have added new teachers in positions we have not had in the past.  We are extremely lucky to not only have the excellent staff we had last year, but also many new teachers that are excited to be at our great school.  All of us are looking forward to having an amazing year and look forward to the kids being back in the building.

    Parents, please remember that there are never any questions that are too small to ask.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with whatever you need and we will do our best to help.  My door is always open to you if you have a concern or question or anything else.

    Enjoy these last few days of summer and I look forward to seeing you soon!

     

    Sincerely,

    Tom Martin

    Principal, Hanover Central Middle School

     

    Getting To Know Principal Martin

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    Mr. Martin was born and raised in Northwest Indiana and it is family that has kept him in the area.  In fact, his Mom and Dad live across the street from his Hobart home.

    “I thought about being a teacher when I was in elementary school, but both of my parents who were teachers, wanted me to really think about the financial implications of being a teacher, before pursuing a career in education.  I understood their concerns and began college at Indiana University in Bloomington studying finance.  I hated it and knew that I was meant to be a teacher,” explained Mr. Martin.  During his sophomore year he had a lengthy discussion with his parents and grandfather and soon after, switched his focus to education.  Teaching exceeded all of Mr. Martin’s expectations.  “Teaching is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and I enjoyed 19 years in the classroom.” 

    The move to administration is not one he immediately sought.  “I knew I wanted to get my Master’s,” Mr. Martain said, and he earned his Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA.  “My father was a principal and I decided that I would get my principal’s license, but doubted I would ever use it.  When I was doing my internship however, I saw what the job was really like.  I think the majority of teachers have a preconceived idea of what a principal does, but unless you actually step into those shoes and see everything the job entails, you truly don’t realize how challenging the job is.” It was that very challenge that intrigued him.  “I waited several years, I wasn’t quite ready to leave the classroom,” he explains with a smile, but two years later when an assistant principal position opened up at Hobart Middle School, he knew he was ready.  Ultimately his professional pursuits led him to become Principal at William Fegely Middle School in Portage, his most recent position before signing on with Hanover for the 2018-2019 school year. 

    Significant changes in his 26 years as an educator has helped him to understand that teachers are under a tremendous amount of pressure to produce good results on standardized testing.  “I can remember taking standardized tests as a student, and there was very little pressure on us.  We were encouraged to do our best, but the emphasis today is on doing everything possible to ensure positive results.”  There is a second significant change that he sees impacting students on a daily basis and that is the power of technology and the influence of social media.  “The impact is much more profound than we anticipated when we introduced technology into the classroom.  It’s a very tough world these kids are growing up in,” said Mr. Martin.  He is that there have been positive changes as well.  “I see teachers working really, really hard to bring new ideas into the classroom and challenging themselves to continue to grow and that has an extraordinarily positive impact on students.” 

    Mr. Martin is married and he and his wife, Alison have two sons and two daughters.  Daughters, Julia and Liesl are 20 and 16, respectively and sons, Thomas and Alex are 13 and 12.  As a family they are very involved in the soccer life of their three youngest children.  In addition, the strong belief and commitment to family is apparent in a 36 year tradition of attending an expanded family reunion in North Carolina this summer before beginning his immersion into life at Hanover Central Middle School.  Though he has very little free time, Mr. Martin has taken on a relatively new ‘hobby,’ flipping houses.  He’s completed half a dozen ‘flips’ in the past few years and finds it very rewarding.

    To Middle School parents Mr. Martin’s message is clear.  “I fully understand that the transition to Middle School can be a bumpy road and our job is to help smooth those bumps, while at the same time preparing students for an outstanding high school experience.  My door is always open and if a parent is uncomfortable, I encourage them to come see me.  My decisions are always based on the best interest of their kids.”