Principal's Message

Principal and building message
Hello Overlook Community~
I’d like to introduce myself.  My name is Christine Martellio and I am the Principal at Overlook Middle School.  I am very excited to work with a dedicated and skillful staff who has welcomed me with open arms.  I look forward to meeting you and your children in the coming months and will be communicating with you throughout the summer as we learn more about our reopening in August.  

As a quick background and intro: 
I am a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend and lifelong educator.  I have a husband of 24 years and two beautiful children. 

I began my career as a high school math teacher back in 1993 and taught until my son was born in 1999.  I was fortunate to stay home while he was little and during that time we added a daughter to our family in 2001.  In 2004, I began working as a permanent substitute and MCAS tutor and then accepted a middle school math teacher position which I held until 2016.  In 2016, I began my journey in Administration at Chocksett Middle School in Sterling where I was an Assistant Principal, Team Chair and 504 Coordinator.  

As your principal, you can expect that I will be present and visible in and around the school.  I believe it is vitally important to be involved with student life inside and outside of the classroom.  I will be working over the summer to evaluate immediate needs for the school and long term goals.  I look forward to working with all stakeholders in continuing, creating and fostering a culture of learning and collaboration.  

It is my philosophy that as educators we are charged with educating the whole child.  In order for students to grow and mature mentally, socially and physically, educators must provide a safe and stimulating environment.  They must guide students while facilitating risk-taking and hands-on activities; providing adequate time for students to visualize, generalize and generate ideas based on evidence.  Educators must work every day to provide students with quality experiences, incorporate best practices and content standards, promote learning through differentiated instruction, and create challenges through an integrative and exploratory approach.  It is imperative in our busy schedules that we not forget our mission to work diligently fostering strengths in both students and colleagues.

I will be holding “town hall” style meet and greets in a question and answer style throughout the summer.  I will schedule multiple opportunities for us to meet virtually and it is my hope that we may have the opportunity to have small meet and greets in August!  Stay tuned… will see how things progress.

Please feel free to email me at school: cmartellio@awrsd.org Thank you, I look forward to our partnership in your child’s education.

Warmly~
Christine