Annual Fundraiser for Scholarships
SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015 • 6:30 PM
In honor of HEAD MASTER JOHN D. AND SHEILA B. MARTIN
for nineteen years of service to the St. Andrew's School community.
John D. Martin, during his tenure as Head Master of St. Andrew’s School, has built an extraordinary educational community dedicated to the love of learning. Through his vision, expertise and passion, St Andrew’s has flourished into a beautiful, robust school where each student’s path to success is celebrated. Tonight we honor John and Sheila’s nineteen-year commitment to shaping St. Andrew’s School into this vibrant, unique community we love.
Raised in Massachusetts, John graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School, and then studied to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree Cum Laude from Tufts University. After attending American International College, he achieved a Masters in Education. His studies at Yale Divinity School led to achieving a Masters of Divinity. These degrees and John’s skills led to work as Chaplain, Teacher, Coach and Dorm Master at Tabor Academy. Subsequently, he held the same positions at The Peddie School. After a few years, he became their Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, and continued as Chaplain.
This expertise prepared him for becoming Head Master of St. Andrew’s School in 1996. His wife, Sheila Brennan Martin, shares his passion for St. Andrew’s. Sheila also was raised in Massachusetts. She graduated from Longmeadow High School and then studied to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College. Sheila has coordinated and hosted many events for St. Andrew’s School through the years, and supported the school in many ways while raising their three boys in the Rectory. Sheila’s deep commitment to St. Andrew’s led her to teach Spanish when the need for a teacher arose. She has blessed many with her humor, listening ear, wisdom, courage, prayers and enthusiasm.
The Martins’ legacy is visible throughout this beautiful campus around us. The construction and renovation of ten buildings as well as tennis courts has given St. Andrew’s staff and students a quality environment for learning, connection, and personal exploration. Inside the classrooms, John has championed the “students first” approach and has remained committed to developing programs that foster the intellectual, spiritual and emotional growth of our students. The support and development of the school’s educators and staff has also been an important part of John’s mission for St. Andrew’s. Under John’s leadership, the St. Andrew’s community has achieved great things together and made a difference in the lives of many.
John has also worked diligently with the Board of Trustees to ensure a solid financial future for the school. During his time at St. Andrew’s, we have seen student enrollment grow from 117 to 226 students, increases in annual giving and endowment, and a stabilized operating budget. Beyond finances, programs and facilities, John has elevated the quality of the community by instituting community service benchmarks for all students, expanding the arts department, hiking with students on the Senior Mountain Day, and establishing the tradition of the Senior Exit Interview.
Tonight we celebrate all of John and Sheila’s work and accomplishments over the past nineteen years. We extend our profound appreciation for their efforts large and small and gather to express our deep gratitude for their love and commitment to all the people who are St. Andrew’s School.