Dear Martell Elementary Families,
It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of Martell Elementary School. I am incredibly honored to be stepping into the amazing school family Mr. Pagel, the wonderful staff, students, and families have worked so hard to create. It is evident that at Martell, students are cared for socially, emotionally, and academically; while encouraged to grow to their highest potential. I am proud to join in and will work hard to continue the legacy of success here at Martell!
I have been an educator for 25 years. I spent 21 years as a K-3 classroom teacher, 3 years as a Literacy Specialist and one year as a Principal. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oakland University, a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from Oakland University, and an Educational Specialist in K-12 Leadership from Oakland University. (Yes, I love Oakland! Go Grizzlies!) I am the very proud wife to Bill, and mom of 3 kids in college. Allison age 22, Ben age 20, and Anna age 18. There’s not a day that goes by that I do not fall more in love with this profession. I truly love each and every day of school life with students, staff, and families. Being involved educationally in the lives of young children is the greatest gift!
Together we will partner on this amazing school journey. I truly believe relationships are the key to success. Education is a partnership and I look forward to developing this with you, our wonderful staff, and our awesome students!
I am looking forward to meeting you and your children! As principal, my door is always open. Please feel free to stop in, call, or email if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share. I look forward to a fantastic school year as, together, we live out the Martell mission: “Martell strives to create a community of life-long learners, leaders, and risk-takers.”
I am looking forward to a great year!
Mrs. Michelle L. Barsh, Principal