Welcome New Principals/Asst Principals 2020-2021

29 Apr, 2020

Morgan County, IN – On Thursday, April 16, 2020, the MSD of Martinsville School Board voted to approve district hires for the 2020-2021 academic year. We welcome Ms. Misty Ndiritu as Principal of Martinsville High School. We congratulate Mr. Ryan Setterlof who has been promoted to Principal at Bell Intermediate Academy, and Ms. Audrey Jackson and Mr. Ryan Wagner who have been promoted to Assistant Principals at Martinsville High School.
“As we find ourselves winding down a very strange 2019-20 school year, I am proud to say that we have amazing employees who have stepped up at every opportunity to demonstrate their individual leadership during difficult times.  Specifically, I’m proud to honor a few of our internal employees with promotions who have demonstrated true alignment with our mission of serving kids first!
Having worked with Mr. Setterlof, Ms. Jackson and Mr. Wagner closely this year, I know how much their leadership qualities impact our students.  They have each picked up a great deal of responsibility without question.  I’m excited to see their impacts in their future roles!
I’m also extremely excited to bring forth a new shining star to our team serving as our MHS principal.  Ms. Misty Ndiritu comes to us with a wealth of knowledge leading public schools across many different types of students and backgrounds.  I believe she will set the bar high for all those she’s leading while providing the appropriate support to reach goals.  I think it’s important to point out that her references specifically shared how caring, supportive and authentic she is in all that she does as a leader.  Each person we spoke with said she left a lasting impact in each role that she’s held as an educator.
Welcome to Ms. Ndiritu and congrats to Mr. Setterlof, Ms. Jackson and Mr. Wagner!” – Dr. Jay Arthur

Misty Ndiritu earned her Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical, and Adaptive Physical Education from Manchester University in 2005. She also earned her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration from Ball State University in 2011. 

Ms. Ndiritu began her education career as a K-8 Health and Physical Education teacher. In 2009, she began her journey in administration when she was promoted to Assistant Principal, and then to Principal in 2011. While in her first role as an administrator, Ms. Ndiritu designed and implemented a data-driven remediation structure that resulted in increased proficiency on state standardized assessments; embedded “Train the Trainer” Professional Development to increase teacher effectiveness by instilling various teaching and learning strategies; opened a new educational facility, converting multiple campus locations to a single location; and increased enrollment to meet growth targets while also expanding grade levels to include middle school. 

In 2014, Ms. Ndiritu became a teacher at Emmerich Manual High School. She was promoted to Dean of Operations in 2015 and to Principal in 2016. As principal, Ms. Ndiritu was instrumental in raising the school accountability grade. She drove the school-wide initiative of maximizing growth for high and low performing subgroups, which resulted in the highest growth of all urban high schools in Indianapolis. In addition, Ms. Ndiritu implemented the school’s 8-Step Continuous Improvement Process, fostering an increased instructional focus and improving data-driven instruction school-wide. She also implemented engaged restorative practices which reduced student suspensions during her time in leadership. 

During her free time, Ms. Ndiritu enjoys being active with her three children Matava, Enzi and Moseh. As a family they love exploring state parks and traveling to new places. Misty also enjoys going to sporting events, professional and the school teams. Ms. Ndiritu is eager to immerse herself into the academic and extracurricular community. 

“I am truly honored to start my leadership endeavor at Martinsville High School. I am eager to immerse myself in the academic and extracurricular communities that represent The Artesian’s student body. It is my hope that together through hard work and collaboration we can continue to honor the traditions of the community and school while continuing to build a legacy through the successes of each class. I am excited to speak of the successes that will forever be embedded in our learning community.  “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless,” -Mother Teresa. “I’m proud to be an Artesian.”  – Misty Ndiritu

Mr. Setterlof graduated in 2001 from Ball State University with a degree in Elementary Education. He completed his Masters of Science in Elementary Education in 2006 and his Principal Licensure in 2016 both from Indiana Wesleyan University. Mr. Setterlof was a 5th and 6th grade classroom teacher for sixteen years at Hamilton Southeastern School District before coming to the MSD of Martinsville. Mr. Setterlof became Dean of Students for Bell Intermediate Academy three years ago before transitioning into the role of Interim Principal for 2019-2020. Mr. Setterlof has been married for 16 years and has two daughters, ages 9 and 4 years old. Mr. Setterlof stays active by biking and running several days a week but spends most of his free time watching movies and playing board games with his family.
“I have enjoyed my three years at Bell Intermediate Academy as the Dean of Students. I look forward to working with the staff, students and families of BIA in my new role.”  – Mr. Ryan Setterlof 

The 2020-2021 school year will be Ms. Jackson’s 15th year in education.  For the last four years, she has held the position of Dean at Martinsville High School (MHS).  Prior to coming to MHS, she served as the Assistant Principal at Clarksville High School for two years and a science teacher for a combined eight years at Whiteland Community High School and Benjamin Rush Middle School.

In 2006, Ms. Jackson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Science Education from Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana. In 2013, she earned her M.A.E. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. One area of particular interest is how adverse childhood experiences impact brain development.

On a personal note, Ms. Jackson grew up in Greenwood, Indiana before moving to Sellersburg, Indiana after her freshman year of high school.  Ms. Jackson’s mother is a Family and Consumer Science Teacher. Her father though officially retired works as a substitute teacher. Both of Ms. Jackson’s parents work at Silver Creek High School where all three graduated.  Ms. Jackson has two younger sisters and is very proud of them. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family/friends, relaxing at the lake and is a HUGE fan of the Indiana Hoosiers and Indianapolis Colts.

“I am honored to take on the role of Assistant Principal at Martinsville High School.  I have absolutely loved working with the students, staff, and community for the past four years and I look forward to what the future brings. Go Artesians!” – Ms. Audrey Jackson
Mr. Wagner received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science in 2006 from the University of Illinois, then, in 2008, his Teacher Licensure from National-Louis University in Wheaton, IL. Mr. Wagner spent seven years in the classroom teaching Social Students at Yorkville High School (4 years) in Yorkville, Illinois and Columbus North High School (3 years) in Columbus, Indiana. In 2015, he graduated with a Masters of Science in School Administration and received his Administration Licensure from Purdue University. Mr. Wagner has been Dean of Students at Martinsville High School for the last five years. While at home, Mr. Wagner stays busy with home improvement projects and spending time with his wife and two children.
“5 years ago when I first started working at Martinsville High School, I was introduced as a new Dean of Students at the Parent Advisory Committee meeting. I spoke of the great potential I saw in the Martinsville community and how excited I was to be a part of it.  Now as an Assistant Principal, I am even more excited and eager to continue the work of helping Martinsville students and the community as a whole reach new heights.  It’s great to be an Artesian!” – Mr. Ryan Wagner