Martin Ferrell

Headmaster & Dean of High School AcademicsHigh School Academic Programs

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Martin Ferrell

Martin Ferrell joined UNCSA in January 2017 as the Dean of the High School Academic Program, bringing with him a wealth of experience working in secondary education. Martin taught history and mentored students for more than 16 years in schools in Virginia and Washington, D.C., including serving as History Department Chair at The Miller School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Most recently, he served as Dean of Academics at Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy in Kamuela, Hawaii.

Martin received a doctorate in Liberal Studies in 2016, presenting a thesis titled Aristotle, Dewey, Gadamer, and the Citizen Action Project: Educating the Ethical Citizen. An avid reader, traveler and runner, he also enjoys spending time with his his wife, Leah Lavin, and children—Jesse, Henry and Lyda.


  • Served as Dean of Academics at Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, where he oversaw hiring and development for all K-12 faculty members.
  • More than 16 years of teaching experience, with an emphasis in European History and World History.

Career Highlights

  • Table Leader, AP European History Reading, 2015 - present
  • Faculty Consultant, AP European History Reading, 2001-14

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Diana Prince Master Teacher Award, 2009-12
  • John Deardourff Grant for Doctoral Studies, 2010
  • Golden Apple Award, 2002
  • Pepsi Teacher of the Year Award, 2001
  • Runner-up, Virginia Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award, 2000
  • Third Place, USA Today Humanities Team Teaching Award, 2000


Doctorate in Liberal StudiesGeorgetown University

M.A. Liberal ArtsSt. John's College

M.A. TeachingUniversity of Virginia - Charlottesville

B.A. History and Russian LanguageBowdoin College