A former Ryan High School assistant principal was recently awarded Educator of the Year by the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
Martin Brumit, who served as assistant principal at Ryan High through the 2012-13 school year, was awarded Educator of the Year in the association’s administrator category on July 19 in Austin and was presented with a $1,000 check. In June, Brumit accepted a job to lead Malakoff High School, an East Texas city in Henderson County.
“It’s a great honor,” he said of the award. “I didn’t ever dream that I’d be named a finalist. To win it is an amazing accomplishment. I just never thought I’d be able to get that type of award for a job I love.”
Brumit served two years on the Ryan High staff. He was responsible for more than 600 students in grades 10-12 with last names beginning with P-Z, according to school officials. His other responsibilities at the school included overseeing the social studies department, graduation, senior events and class management plans, mentoring administrators and working with the local fire and police departments in coordinating disaster drills.
Brumit’s educational career spans 19 years, five as administrator. Three years prior to joining the Ryan High staff, he served as an assistant principal at Calhoun Middle School.
Vernon Reeves, Ryan High principal, describes Brumit as someone who puts the needs of others before his own and who builds positive relations and works toward common goals.
“I’m very excited for him,” Reeves said when asked his thoughts on Brumit’s honor. “I think he does an excellent job of putting other people’s needs before his own. He has an ability to relate to everyone no matter what group they represent, whether it be teacher, parents or other administrators.
“He’s real good about finding common ground and working with several groups of people.”
ATPE recognized individuals in five categories with the Educator of the Year award — administrator, associate, elementary teacher, secondary teacher and special services.
It was required that nominees in the administrator category have three or more years experience, excluding the award year, according to award guidelines. To be considered for the award, nominees were required to complete an application and four essay questions on philosophy and their concept of what makes an “outstanding administrator.” They were asked to state how they’ve applied the concepts in their current role, to discuss education trends showing promise in their respective school districts and to explain how they’ve encouraged the implementation. They were also asked to discuss communication and leadership shown in interaction with students and staff and to provide a biography on their previous recognitions or involvement on special programs and committees.
According to an ATPE media release, Brumit was one of three finalists for Educator of the Year in the administrator category, and what appealed to the award committee about him was his commitment to staff and students and implementation of online courses at Ryan High.
ATPE officials, whose offices were closed Friday, could not be reached for further comment.
Brumit, who has been an ATPE member for about 15 years, said he learned he was an Educator of the Year finalist in May. Prior to the ATPE annual conference July 17-19 in Austin, he said he was interviewed in person by the awards committee. It came as a surprise when his name was called as this year’s Educator of the Year at the ATPE Summit Awards Banquet, Brumit said.
“It kind of took a minute for it to register because I really didn’t expect them to call my name,” he said. “I was in shock.”
This upcoming school year, Brumit said, he intends to mentor new teachers through ATPE’s Teacher Support Program.
Reeves said he’s sad to see Brumit leave Ryan High and the district but wishes him well.
“He’s going to be hard to replace,” he said. “We’re very disappointed that he’s leaving Denton ISD but very happy for him that he’s going to be able to run his own school.”
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