Amid a Career Devoted to Serving Students, Camelot Team Member Becomes Spartan Academy’s New Executive Director
Eric Martin is a man on a mission: helping kids who come to Camelot set a vision for their future and realize their fullest potential. His devotion to this goal has earned him a promotion to executive director of Spartan Academy in partnership with Richmond Public Schools.
“Our students come to us looking for guidance and direction,” says Martin. “At Spartan we do our best to help students accomplish anything that they set in front of themselves.”
To Milt Alexander, Camelot Education’s deputy superintendent, Martin’s promotion to executive director was a matter of when, not if.
“Eric’s personality and professionalism is unparalleled,” says Alexander. “He inspires success and sets a meaningful vision for students. He is well-rounded from his time in the classroom to his support roles to his midlevel leadership. All those factors help Eric make connections with staff, students and the Richmond public school community that we serve.”
Martin’s ability to connect Spartan Academy to the Richmond, Va., community makes him the leader that Spartan Academy needs. His leadership helps students that have experienced disciplinary violations return to their home schools with improved behavior, attendance and academic performance. Additionally, Martin’s willingness to connect the school to the community empowers students to access opportunities and helps the school recruit talented educators.
Martin’s experience inspires students and staff wherever he goes. He started with Camelot as a computer teacher in Chicago in 2014, rose to serve as a team leader, and then served as Spartan Academy’s director of operations in Richmond. Now that he’s lived in Richmond for several years, he is intimately involved in the community.
In addition to his career experiences, Martin believes his personal upbringing inspires kids to realize their full potential.
“I feel like students can look at me and see a future self,” he says. “Growing up in the inner city of Chicago, I went through some of the same experiences as many of our students. I want them to realize they can create a positive path forward. Our staff helps them to do that every day.”
Using social-emotional learning (SEL) methods, Spartan staff help kids to get back on track academically and behaviorally.
Alexander has a great deal of confidence in Spartan Academy with Martin at the helm.
“It’s been really rewarding to see Eric grow and mature not only for himself personally, but also for Spartan Academy and the organization.” Alexander says. His message to Martin: “Keep asking questions, keep getting better, and great things will continue to happen, not just for our students, but for our entire community. We are very proud of you.”
The opportunity to serve as executive director means a dream fulfilled for Martin, who envisions big things for Spartan. “I plan to help take Spartan to the next level. In the immediate future we want to demonstrate that we can achieve excellent results for our students in a virtual classroom. Over the next several years, my vision is to make Spartan Academy the school that others look to as a model.”
Martin’s message to Spartan students: achieve, inspire, and manifest greatness.
“I want students to know there is always going to be a support system for them here at Camelot,” Martin says. “We are here to help you along your journey. We are here to help you, to challenge you, and to do whatever is necessary to help you reach success.”