The Utah State Board of Education recently named Deputy State Superintendent Martell Menlove as the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction. He will step into that position Jan. 1, succeeding retiring superintendent, Dr. Larry K. Shumway.
Menlove, a resident of Garland, said of the announcement, “I am humbled and excited for the opportunity to serve. I appreciate the support I felt from others around the state as I went through this process. My promise is that we will focus on students and I will do all that I can to move public education forward.”
Menlove, 60, is no stranger to education at all levels. He began his career as an elementary school teacher and then served in a counseling position at the middle school level. He has twice been a high school principal and also served as a district superintendent in both Rich and Box Elder counties.
Menlove said his vast experience in all aspects of education gives him an advantage as he enters his new role as the state’s educational leader. Having served as the president of the Utah School Superintendents Association, he worked directly with the Legislature for over three years. He feels it can help bring education groups together for a common cause and move education into the future.
“We know the reality in Utah is large families and a conservative state legislature,” he said. “I think we need to recognize the resources available and align them with expectations. We need to make sure education is treated fairly.”
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