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Greg Martin

Greg Martin

Sunrise Middle School, All Sunrise Staff

My name is Greg Martin. I was born and raised in Phoenix, a rare native Arizonan!  I grew up and attended school in the Washington Elementary School District and also attended Cortez High School. I received my B.A. in Political Science at the University of Arizona and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. I started my career in education in the Washington Elementary School District where I chaired social studies and coached various athletic teams. I soon moved on to service as an assistant principal in the Peoria Unified School District.

I came to PVSchools in 1999 as the principal at Foothills Elementary School. From 1999-2002, I served the Foothills community and then had the honor of being named principal at Sunrise Middle School. I have been principal at Sunrise since 2002.

Sunrise is focused on the 21st Century learner. Our commitment to student success is evidenced in our commitment to developing well-rounded students (academically, socially and emotionally). Some of the accomplishments I am most proud of during my tenure include Sunrise being recognized as an excelling school for many years and most recently a high “B” school within the Arizona performance labeling system. Also, Sunrise was fortunate to be chosen to house the Digital Learning Center (DLC) for the Gifted, a cutting edge program servicing 100 highly gifted students from around the valley. Most recently, Sunrise was chosen to house a Dual Language Mandarin Immersion (DLMI) program, as well as the most state-of-the-art science labs in the district.

I feel fortunate to have had such a long tenure as the principal at Sunrise Middle School. We have endeavored to hire teachers who are committed to providing meaningful and engaging instruction and to lean on technology as the learning conduit between teacher and student. We encourage students to expand their horizons by participating in as many activities as possible whether it be within our outstanding fine arts’ programs, athletics, student clubs, etc. Research shows that the more students get actively involved in their school, the more successful they will be in all aspects of what it means to be successful students and citizens.

Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions or would just like to introduce yourself. I believe in the value of parents, students and the school working together to achieve the success for your child that you expect and deserve. Please feel free to contact me at (602) 449-6100 or via email.

Greg Martin
Sunrise Middle School

Russell Paperman

Russell Paperman

Sunrise Middle School, All Sunrise Staff

My name is Russell Paperman, and I am the assistant principal at Sunrise. I have been a school administrator for 13 years, including at Sunrise Middle School. I am originally from New York City. I received my Bachelor's Degree with Honors at City University of New York and started my teaching career in New York City Schools. I moved to Arizona in 2003. I received my Master's Degree at ASU in Educational Leadership and Supervision. I have three children in college.

Sunrise Middle School has a warm, small community school culture. Almost half of the students at Sunrise are on open enrollment from around the valley. Families send their students to Sunrise because of the great opportunities, programs, achievement scores, and elective choices. 

Sunrise is a PBIS school. We encourage and acknowledge positive choices by students. The PBIS program fosters a positive culture on campus. There are several things that your student can do to help promote success in school and practice the skills of success for adulthood. Some of those things include: good attendance, punctuality, preparedness, and a positive attitude. As a former business owner and athletic coach, I can say that making good habits a part of your student's lifestyle will greatly support his/her complete development. Welcome to Sunrise!

Russell Paperman
Sunrise Assistant Principal