His and Hers principals create interesting dynamics at home

Martellos

Lee and Mike Martello — principals at Laurel Hill School and Baker School, respectively — say that having a fellow principal as a spouse provides a sympathetic and understanding ear at home.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 04:55 PM.

CRESTVIEW — When Laurel Hill School and Baker School's principals head home in the evening, it’s not unusual for work to follow.

That’s because they’re married.

Laurel Hill’s Lee Martello and Baker School’s Mike Martello say having a fellow principal as spouse provides a sympathetic and understanding ear at home.

“We actually end up running things past each other, and ‘What would you do?’ kind of things,” Lee Martello said. “He asks some things and I’m able to exchange ideas of what kids say and do.”

Lee Martello was appointed principal at Laurel Hill a year before her husband.

When Mike Martello moved up from being assistant principal long-time Baker Principal Tom Shipp's retirement, his wife provided plenty of practical advice.

Each spouse is the other's neutral sounding board as they work through concerns at their respective schools.



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