Greenbrier Middle School Principal Kelli Martin has been named the 2017 Arkansas Association of Middle Level Administrators Principal of the Year.

She was presented with the award by Mike Mertens, the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators assistant executive director on April 7 at GMS.

"This award is given each year to an Arkansas middle level principal who has succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students and has been acknowledged by peers for exemplary contribution to the profession," a news release stated.

Martin has six years of experience as a principal, four of those at GMS. She has worked as an assistant principal and taught for 11 years before going into administration.

"Kelli is dedicated to the education of Arkansas students and very deserving of this award," the release stated.

Martin has taken part in several professional organizations and has been involved in multiple activities in the community.

"Mrs. Martin is a model for school leadership in Arkansas," Superintendent Scott Spainhour said. "Greenbrier Middle School is a caring, compassionate and high performing school and it all starts with Kelli."