Person County Schools (PCS) Superintendent Danny Holloman is pleased to announce the appointment of Dustin Martin as Assistant Principal at Southern Middle School (SMS) and Kelli Kiser as Assistant Principal at Helena Elementary School. Mr. Martin and Mrs. Kiser are familiar faces within the Person County Schools’ family and have both proven their leadership abilities throughout their tenure with the district.
Mr. Martin, a Person County native, began his teaching career in Caldwell County after graduating from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Elementary Education. After two years in Caldwell County, Mr. Martin came aboard with PCS at North End Elementary School where he taught first and fifth grades. Mr. Martin began a Master’s in School Administration (MSA) program in January 2014. During his program, he completed an assistant principal internship at Stories Creek Elementary School and Helena Elementary School. Upon completion of the MSA from North Carolina State University in August 2015, he assumed the assistant principal position at Helena Elementary School where he has served since. Mr. Martin commented, “I am extremely excited for the opportunity to serve Person County Schools as Assistant Principal at Southern Middle School. As a former Panther, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work alongside others to give back to a school and community that so generously inspired me to continuously seek opportunities for growth. It is my hope that the experiences I have obtained from working alongside devoted and driven leaders, teachers, and students will serve to positively impact SMS, as we strive to embrace an attitude of continuous learning and improvement. Through collaborative efforts involving staff, parents, students, and local stakeholders, I am confident that collectively we can continue to grow Southern Middle School and inspire new generations of learners.” Mr. Martin and his wife, Kelsey Mathews Martin, have two children, Sophie (5) and Oakes (1).
Kelli Kiser, also a Person County native, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. After meeting licensure requirements, Mrs. Kiser taught second and fifth grades at North End Elementary School before transferring to Helena Elementary where she taught fourth grade. She has been serving as an Instructional Coach at South Elementary since 2013. Mrs. Kiser obtained her first Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2008 and her Master’s Degree in School Administration in 2012. Both graduate degrees were awarded by North Carolina Central University. Mrs. Kiser earned her National Board Certification in 2010. She states, “I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve as assistant principal at Helena Elementary School. I look forward to working together with the dedicated staff, community, students and families to ensure the success and continued enrichment of such a wonderful school. It is a privilege to join this growing area of our district while continuing to work with all elementary schools in an ongoing partnership of building Person County Schools as a whole. I am eager to continue learning as an educator and as an administrator within a district focused on building a strong foundation and providing broad prospects of success for our children and communities.” Mrs. Kiser is married to Steven and they have a son, Brennen, age 9.
“We are extremely fortunate to have the caliber of leaders that we do within the Person County Schools,” noted Superintendent Dan Holloman. “Mrs. Kiser and Mr. Martin are student-centered leaders that bring experiences in leading teacher development, differentiated learning, and focus on student support. These efforts will make their strong site teams even more effective in serving our students and school communities.”
Martin and Kiser will begin their new roles on Monday, August 15.