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Vol. LXI, No. 49
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
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Two New Lewis School Administrators Poised to Spearhead Green Initiative

Linda Arntzenius

The Lewis School has appointed Lisa Settle Callaway as its new director of development and Robert P. Martinez as director of strategic planning. Mr. Martinez currently serves as project manager for the school’s proposed new campus.

Both administrators are gearing up to collaborate on fundraising and planning the school’s green building initiative.

The school is developing plans for a new educational facility that will be green in design, landscaping, and technology. The plan is also to use the new building as a green teaching tool that will focus on environmental stewardship and sustainable green living.

“The new campus has been in the works for a year or so,” said Founder and Director Marsha Lewis, who commented that it was too soon to make a formal announcement about the project that she described as “original and amazing.”

A press release from the school announcing the new appointments described the design for the state-of-the-art facility as “a certified green building whose energy and mechanical systems, and water and biological conservation practices will serve as a transforming, green teaching tool for Lewis School students, faculty, parents, and community members.”

Ms. Callaway holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in business administration from Rutgers. As a member of the Arts Council of Princeton’s board of trustees, she has been involved in raising funds for the new arts center taking shape at the intersection of Paul Robeson Place and Witherspoon Street.

A press release from the school stated that Ms. Callaway “established an impressive track record administrating top-tier recruiting projects for senior level executives of major companies across the country and abroad,” in her recent post as client partner in Korner/Ferry International, a global, executive search firm.

At the Lewis School, she will be responsible for designing and executing the development strategy that will make possible the building of a new campus for lower and middle school students. The project will enhance the school’s traditional focus on arts-integrated, multi-sensory education.

“As a seasoned Lewis School parent, Lisa Callaway brings invaluable insight and perspective to her new responsibilities,” said Ms. Lewis. “She is a natural motivator who has a clear grasp of our mission and vision for the future — an informed, spirited person whose integrity and candor match her depth of experience.”

Ms. Callaway said that she is “delighted to lead the fundraising effort for an educational resource that has made an exceptional contribution to our children, our local schools, and the extended community. ... The Lewis School has been ahead of its time and remains at the forefront of educating bright kids who learn differently. I speak for hundreds of families and professionals who recognize and value its pioneering work. I understand the school’s cutting-edge approaches to teaching and its long term mission to eventually see the benefits of multi-sensory teaching made available to all American children.”

Robert P. Martinez earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy cum laude from Boston College and holds the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence from New York University’s School of Law. An early advocate of state issues relating to energy conservation and the complexities of eco-sustainability, he served as assistant attorney general and the director of the division of civil rights for the State of New Jersey and was a member of New Jersey’s Public Broadcasting Corporation. He has worked in public and private sector labor law, and is an adjunct lecturer in the graduate schools of Cornell, Rutgers, Seton Hall, and Princeton Universities.

Mr. Martinez will continue to serve as general counsel to public boards of education and the Princeton Public Library.

“I am pleased to guide the efforts of The Lewis School as it solidifies its leadership role as a neuroscience-based educational innovator,” he said. “Our purpose is to build on its solid foundation as an educational resource that will thrive for many future generations.”

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The Lewis School invites the community to its 34th Annual Holiday Concert and Tree of Light Celebration this Friday, December 7, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free. A silent auction will benefit the Lewis School’s Scholarship and Program Fund. For more information, call (609) 924-8120.

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