Welcome from the Superintendent


Zeb Talley


Welcome to Martinsville City Public Schools

Welcome back as we begin the 2021-2022 school year. Our school division accomplished many great things this past year in spite of being in a virtual status for most of the year. We received recognition for our instructional practices and applications of learning with technology. In addition, each student received technology and free internet as needed for their family! Our nutrition staff achieved recognition for their efforts to feed students daily during the time of pandemic spread. I am very proud and excited about the tremendous work ethic that our staff has displayed even during the summer vacation months. It is time for our school division to move forward and to prepare our students for an ever-changing world. I am elated about our partnership in providing them with the best education available in our nation. I am looking forward to working with you and to being very visible in our schools again this year while providing resources that we need to move our division forward. Although we will miss those teachers and staff members who have retired, I know that our new staff will pick up the instructional mantle and move forward.

Martinsville City Public Schools are designed to help all students obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to be “college, career, and citizenship ready” upon high school graduation. The programs and services we provide are carefully designed and implemented by staff to meet the ever-changing needs of our students. Our goals are: to ensure student achievement and continuous growth for all students, to promote a safe and secure learning environment, to achieve and maintain a high level of communication with the staff and community, and to recruit, hire, retain, and support a high quality teaching staff.

Our community has been very supportive and we want to again reach out to them as we strive towards quality educational programs for all students. Thank you for not accepting excuses this past year and for conquering barriers with strategic practices and hard work! We will move forward to deeper learning this year and will reap great benefits for our students and families. Thank you for supporting our students and teachers as I begin my sixth year as superintendent. Our schools experienced great things because of your support and I believe that better improvements are on the horizon. We must create and maintain an atmosphere where all students have an opportunity to achieve success. I am honored to be a part of our Martinsville City Public School family. Our theme this year is “2021: The Year of Opportunity!”

Best wishes for the year ahead,

Dr. Zebedee Talley Jr.



Superintendent's Bio

Zebedee Talley Jr. joined the Martinsville City Public Schools in 1978. He was hired by the late Martinsville Vice-Mayor Clyde Williams. He is a 1974 graduate of George Washington High School in Danville, Virginia. Talley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Social Science from Elon University with significant course work in Religion. He is a charter member and Past President of Alpha Chi and a member of Pi Gamma Mu. Talley was a Summa Cum Laude Graduate and co-founder of the Elon College Gospel Choir. He received his Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Radford University in 1994 and was named Student of the Year. In 2009, he graduated from Virginia Tech University with a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership.

Talley served as a history teacher, gifted teacher, and U.S. Government teacher at Martinsville High School for 15 years. In addition, he coached track, cross country, basketball, and founded the Martinsville High School Gospel Choir. Talley later served as Vice-Principal at Martinsville High School and Martinsville Middle School. He also served as Co-Principal at Martinsville Middle School. Later, he served as principal of Patrick Henry Elementary School. Talley was the recipient of The Teacher of the Year Award at Martinsville High School in 1990, the NAACP Clyde Williams Award, and several Piedmont District Coach of the Year Awards. He was the recipient of the Samuel S. Trott Educational Award presented by the NAACP in 2017.

In addition, he has pastored the United Holiness Worship Center Church in Pelham, North Carolina for the past 34 years while serving in the ministry for over 44 years. All of his teaching experience has been with Martinsville City Public Schools. He is married to Patricia and they have three children, Zeb III, Chris, Ashley, and nine grandchildren.

Working with Martinsville City Public Schools has been a great experience especially teaching students, their children and now working with grandchildren. It has been a pleasure watching our division change and grow. Education will always be a vital part of our community!