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New EISD communications director was EHS grad

A product of the Ennis Independent School District, Henry Martinez has returned to reconnect with the community that made him.
Martinez is the new EISD Director of Communications, taking over from Glenn Hyde who retired this year. He comes to the job with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas and nearly 20 years of experience in communications. Graduating from Ennis High School with honors in 1986, Martinez previously served as public information specialist for the Irving Independent School District.
When the communications position opened in Ennis, Martinez said he jumped at the chance to return home and work for the school district.
“I started my school PR career two years ago with Irving ISD and love the opportunity to communicate the great things happening in our public schools,” Martinez said, adding that his primary goal since returning is to get to know the community again.
“I loved growing up in Ennis,” Martinez said. “I was born and bred here.”
So what are his plans for a school district that’s already touted as one of the top educational institutions in the state?
“I want to establish the best communication program of any school district in the state,” Martinez said. “I want communications from Ennis ISD to be informative, professional and eye-catching.”
Martinez said he’s always had an interest in writing. While in high school he served on the yearbook staff and said he recalls doing well in the UIL Ready Writing Contests.
“I got along with everybody when I was in school, and the teachers were great,” Martinez said.
Having seen both sides of the school district, first as a student in and now as director of communications, Martinez said he has a broader view of public education.
“There are great things happening in Texas public schools,” Martinez said. “Unfortunately, they are an easy target for some groups, but people should realize that teachers and staff work extremely hard to help all students achieve their abilities.”
Before working in the school system Martinez served as a writer and editor for several Texas publications.
Since returning to Ennis Martinez has become a member of the Ennis Noon Lions Club.
He is married with two children; his daughter attends Sixth Grade Center while his 4-year-old son manages to be “quite a handful.”
“I am glad to be home,” Martinez said. “I’m very happy to live near my family again.”

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