Principal's Page - Cheryl Martin

Hello Bethune students, families and community,

I am humbled and honored to be the principal of Bethune Community School, a Turnaround Arts School.  I started my teaching career in 1993 as a kindergarten teacher at Bethune.  The school was named Bethune Continuous Progress School at that time.  I remained at Bethune for 16 years in a variety of roles: Kindergarten teacher (half-day sessions), First Pilot Full-day Kindergarten teacher, first grade teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, Building Literacy Coordinator for the Reading First Program, Intern for administration (TOSA), Assistant Principal, and currently as Principal.  During my tenure I witnessed many changes within the community.  The Housing Projects were replaced with the Heritage Park Complex, affordable housing became limited, and the number of MPS elementary schools was consolidated. Even with all of the changes and their impact on our student population, Bethune remained a strong presence in the North Minneapolis Community.

“Each of us has to believe that we can make a difference.” Dr. Charlie Clements, is a quotation that sums up my personal philosophy on life. I’ve been blessed to have had the support of many adults in my lifetime. Each one provided something I needed at the time to be successful; encouragement, cheer leading, tutoring, mentoring and/or being a role model. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to continue their legacy as principal of Bethune Community School.  I look forward to our continued partnership as we combine our efforts preparing our students to be confident, academically prepared risk takers who positively give back to our community as our future leaders.


1993                K-6 Elementary Teaching, Augsburg’s Weekend College

2007                K-12 Administrative License, University of St. Thomas


Professional Honors:

2007                Outstanding Teacher Recognition from Office Max

2008                Completion of MPS Principal Academy as member of the first cohort

2015                MESPA (Minnesota Elementary Schools Principal Association) Divisional   Leadership Award for the Minneapolis Division


Personal Accomplishments:

2014                Attending the National Turnaround Arts White House Talent Show hosted by Mrs. Michelle Obama that included a surprise meeting and personal handshake and Thank you from President Barak Obama.

2016                Escorting four Bethune students to the second National Turnaround Arts White House Talent Show hosted by Mrs. Michelle Obama.  Our students performed in the Talent Show and had the unique opportunity of being in an official photograph with the First Lady.