MAHOMET — The assistant principal for Middletown Prairie Elementary School will become the principal at the institution as of July 1, according to a press release today (March 29) from the Mahomet-Seymour school board.

Ryan Martin will replace Wendy Starwalt, who resigned earlier this month. He has served in his current post since last summer. He taught elementary school for 17 years before that.

“The Mahomet-Seymour Board of Education is thrilled that Ryan Martin has accepted the position of principal at Middletown Prairie Elementary,” school board President Max McComb said in the press release. “Mr. Martin has been a tremendous educator, coach, and, for the past year, administrator. Our community knows him well and holds him in high regard. We could not be more excited about moving forward at MPE under his leadership.”

Martin served as a fourth-grade teacher at Leal Elementary in the Urbana No. 116 school district and co-directed that school’s SPLASH program. Prior to being employed in the Urbana schools, Martin spent one year in the Gibson City Melvin Sibley schools and three years in Oak Park District 97. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (2001) and a master’s degree in educational organizational leadership (2008), earning both degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

According to the Mahomet-Seymour district’s press release, Martin also is an alumnus of Mahomet-Seymour High School and resides in Mahomet with his wife Lisa, a teacher at Mahomet-Seymour High School, and two daughters, Hannah and Ashley, and baby on the way.

Martin will be formally appointed at the April 15 board of education meeting at 7 p.m. at Middletown Prairie Elementary in the board of education meeting room.