• A.B. 1996 – UNC Chapel Hill, Elementary Education
  • M.S.A. 2006 – UNC Greensboro, Educational Leadership
  • Ed.D. 2016 – UNC Chapel Hill, Curriculum and Instruction

Areas of Expertise

  • Educational leadership
  • Elementary Education
  • Master of School Administration


Martinette Horner began her career as a regular classroom teacher in 1996 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  During her time in the classroom, Horner also achieved the distinction of National Board Certified Teacher as a Middle Childhood Generalist.  Horner taught third and fourth grades for eight years before returning to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a N.C. Principal Fellow, earning a Master of School Administration degree.  During this time she also served as a district mentor for beginning teachers and supported students in a Title I school as a literacy tutor.

After four years as a school administrator, Horner returned to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the first P-12 Distinguished Educator in the School of Education.  In this capacity, Horner coordinates the Elementary Education program and directs the school’s outreach initiative, Research Triangle Schools Partnership.


Martinette Horner is interested in connecting leadership practice and preparation. She works with school and district partners to nurture partnerships that help inform educator preparation programs and research initiatives in the school of education. Emerging interests include the preparation of school leaders as improvement specialists.