From IT Professional to CTE Educator: A Career of Adaptability and Impact
Before becoming an educator, Martin Hanley carved a career in the IT field, providing services to utility companies. In 2005, he transitioned into education to teach computer programming to high school students at Lewis & Clark Career Center in St. Charles, MO. During his tenure, Martin showcased his flair for mentorship by leading students to national SkillsUSA competitions in various technical domains, including computer programming, 3D modeling, and web design. Outside the classroom, he served as the SkillsUSA and FBLA advisor. After completing his Master of Science in Education (MsE), Martin seized the opportunity to join a Prospective Administrators program, eventually becoming the Director of Pike-Lincoln Technical Center in Eolia, MO.
Leadership and Community Involvement: Building Teams and Schools of Excellence
For a decade, Martin worked diligently to assemble a team of educators at Pike-Lincoln Technical Center, focusing on school growth, reputation building, and innovation. In 2020, he earned the title of ACTE Experienced Fellow, mastering leadership skills in a hybrid educational environment during the global pandemic. Throughout his career, Martin has been actively involved in administrative roles, including serving as the MCCTA (Missouri administrators organization) president and as a member of the ACTE Administration Division policy committee. Starting July 1, 2023, Martin is set to return to Lewis & Clark Career Center as their director.
Away from his professional commitments, Martin is deeply involved in community service. He and his wife, Jean, co-founded a church where he enjoys participating in various activities. A family man at heart, Martin has been married for 30 years and is a proud father of three and grandfather of seven. His leisure activities include cooking and spending time in his workshop, not to mention caring for an adopted dog and numerous outdoor cats.