Your Teaching Mentor, Michelle Martinez

My name is Michelle Martinez and I am in my 24th year of teaching. I have taught in 3 different schools and was also a substitute for multiple other districts. I am currently a kindergarten teacher but I have taught every grade from preschool to 5th (except second) and I actually started my career as a Chapter 1 (now called Title 1) Math teacher serving first through sixth graders.

Teaching is Hard

Here’s what I know for sure: teaching is hard. It is also the most rewarding, fulfilling, amazing thing we can ever choose to do (at least in my humble opinion).

If you want to refine your teaching practice, grow as an educator and have someone to lean on for help, this is the place for you. I hope it serves you and I am thrilled to be your mentor and guide!

Why Should Teachers Collaborate With Other Teachers?

Welcome to the Back to School series for new teachers! Each week, I will be sharing my top tips for new elementary teachers, and we start things off talking about collaboration.  There are two reasons why I chose this first. Number one, it is actually my biggest...

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Finding the Joy Of Teaching

One of the biggest things I hear is that there is no joy left in teaching for many. School shootings and violence against teachers seem to dominate the headlines. Social media is flooded with posts about a record number of teachers leaving their jobs. It would seem...

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The kind of teacher you will become is directly related to the kind of teachers you associate with. Teaching is a profession where misery does more than just love company – it recruits, seduces and romances it. Avoid people who are unhappy and disgruntled about the possibilities for transforming education. They are the enemy of the spirit of the teacher.