Mrs. Young was born and raised in Clayton, Georgia. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Education from Georgia Southern University, she moved to Augusta to begin her teaching career at Grovetown Elementary. She earned two Specialist degrees, one in curriculum from Augusta University and the other in Educational Leadership from Georgia College and State University. Mrs. Young served as a teacher for 12 years, an Instructional Specialist for a year, and was then appointed as the Assistant Principal of Westmont Elementary. After serving as the Assistant Principal for 6 years, she was appointed as Principal of Westmont Elementary. Mrs. Young lives in Columbia County with her husband, Jeremy and two kids, who are both in college. In her free time, she enjoys decorating, exercising, and spending time with family. She is looking forward to working with the students, staff, and families of Martinez Elementary school and community.
Mrs. Dial has been with the Columbia County School District since 2001. Prior to being Assistant Principal at Martinez Elementary, Mrs. Dial served at Grovetown Elementary and Cedar Ridge Elementary as a teacher, and at Martinez Elementary as an Instructional Specialist. She graduated with her bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia, has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University and an Educational Specialist in Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University. Outside of school, Mrs. Dial loves spending time with her husband and five kids, watching and playing sports, reading, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs! Mrs. Dial believes in the power of an inclusive environment where student safety, engagement, and efficacy are paramount. She is looking forward to the opportunity to partner with parents, staff, and students to help Martinez continue its legacy of excellence! Please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Dial if you need assistance with your student’s success.
Lessley (Blaze) Matanane - Principal's Secretary