Thanks to the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Grade Expansion Grant awarded to Mount Airy City Schools (MACS) in 2018, the district is pleased to announce that Mrs. Kasey Martin is joining staff. Mrs. Martin has been hired as the Career and Development Coordinator (CDC) for Mount Airy Middle School (MAMS) replacing Mrs. Catrina Alexander who has been named Mount Airy High School’s CDC. This grant provides funding, over seven years, that allows the focus of careers to expand to 6th-8th graders.
Mrs. Martin graduated from Western Carolina University in 2004 with her Bachelor of Science in Communication Training and Development. Her work experience and career provides her with a vast array of connections and experiences that will enable her to make an impact as the CDC of MAMS. Since 2013, she has held the position of Student and Community Engagement Coordinator for Surry Community College. She has also worked as a coordinator through the Educational Opportunity Center and Director of Marketing and Member Services for Cross Creek Country Club. She is married to Craig and they have one child, Zeb.
Throughout her career, Mrs. Martin has planned, organized, and implemented events and activities that have allowed students to learn through experiences and by connecting with local community members, leaders, and businesses. Not only has she worked closely with local industry, she has connections with many colleges which allows her to speak to students about the variety of pathways leading to careers following graduation.
When asked about her new role she shared, “I am absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to serve the students of Mount Airy Middle School as their Career Development Coordinator. I am looking forward to working with each student in ensuring they are aware of the opportunities that await them, while determining the career field of their choice. I am also equally excited to provide support in their educational journey to make those career choices and dreams a reality. Go Bears!”
Since 2018, MAMS has developed a Career Cafe and created a culture that is continually introducing students to career options through guest speakers, field trips, and other intentional efforts. Dr. Phillip Brown, Chief Academic and Human Resource Officer stated, “This grant has brought many exciting opportunities for the students and staff at Mount Airy Middle School. By starting career exploration and planning earlier, our students will be better prepared for post-secondary training, college, and the world of work.”
Principal Olivia Sikes agrees, “Kasey’s dynamic personality and experience at the community college level will bring a positive energy to the CDC position and our school. She will be an advocate who works to spark early career interests, ensure smooth transitions to high school, and help to bridge gaps with postsecondary planning. We are excited to welcome Mrs. Kasey Martin to our MAMS family.”
Mrs. Martin will begin as CDC of MAMS on Thursday, August 1, 2019.