Wade White, Principal
Mr. White was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education from Georgia College and State University, he moved to Augusta in 1996 where he began his teaching career at Hephzibah High School. He earned his Specialist in Educational Leadership from Augusta State University. After serving as a teacher for six years, he was appointed to assistant principal at Hephzibah High School. In 2009 Mr. White was appointed to the position of principal at Hephzibah Middle School. During his tenure as principal, he has been very active in improving teaching and learning. He feels that it is vital to constantly look for ways to help students reach their full learning potential. Mr. White is very excited to be named as the principal of Martinez Elementary, and he is looking forward to getting to know the students, faculty and community. Mr. White lives in Columbia County with his wife, Cristal who currently serves as a teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary. In his spare time, Mr. White enjoys traveling, biking, and skiing.
Leslie Dial, Assistant Principal
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