Dr. Kristina Martin will become the activities director for the Raymore-Peculiar School District, effective in July. The Ray-Pec School Board approved the internal transfer at its Feb. 22 meeting.
Martin is currently the associate principal at Raymore-Peculiar High School, a position she has held since 2013.
Martin said she was drawn to the position because activities and athletics bring out the best in students.
“Strong academics in conjunction with strong activities and athletic programs are foundational to strong educational settings and communities like Raymore and Peculiar,” she said.
Ray-Pec Director of Secondary Education Dr. Kristel Barr, said that Martin has a strong set of skills that are a match to the job and will lead to continued success.
“In addition, she knows the district well and from many different angles so she has a 360-degree view of our programs,” Barr said.
Martin’s move to the Activities Director role is part of a plan that will restructure the administrative leadership at Ray-Pec High School. Martin’s current position of associate principal will be reclassified as an assistant principal position, with Martin moving into the Activities Director position. The recruitment of an assistant principal to replace Martin will begin soon.
Before becoming associate principal at RPHS in 2013, Martin worked one year as Director of Educational Programs in the Park Hill School District. From 2009 to 2012, she was principal of grades 7-12 for the Archie R-V School District. From 1999 to 2009, she worked for the Ray-Pec School District as assistant principal at the Ray-Pec Freshman Center, and as a teacher and coach. She began her education career in 1994 in the Harrisonville School District, where she was a computer science teacher and coach at the high school and middle school levels.
Martin earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary business education, with an emphasis in computer technology, from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received a master’s degree in secondary administration from Central Missouri State University (now the University of Central Missouri); in Warrensburg. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Kansas.
Martin’s husband, Sean, is a physical education teacher and the head varsity football coach at Ray-Pec High School. The Martins live in Raymore with their youngest son, Patrick, who is a student at the high school. Their three older children, Quincy, Toni, and Shane, are Ray-Pec graduates. With Dr. Martin’s move to the Activities Director position, oversight of varsity football will be the responsibility of the high school principal.
Dr. Martin will replace Kirk Hipple, who has resigned, effective at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.