Don’t tell Cindy Marten she can’t do something.
The City Heights principal has a way of smiling at such a suggestion that conveys confidence, amusement and a touch of cynicism. The 25-year educator, who last week was suddenly plucked from the ranks to lead California’s second-largest school district, isn’t interested in misanthropy. She doesn’t want to be told that things can’t be done. And doesn’t bother with excuses.
Marten’s long been a star at San Diego Unified. She’s the principal who harried trustees send reporters to for evidence that their policies are working. Last year, she helped lead the publicity charge against teacher pink slips, and when the teachers union and the school board came to an agreement, they announced it in front of Marten’s school, Central Elementary.