Martinez recently announced her retirement effective June 2 after 35 years of dedicated service to children, announced Stephen Maldonado, elementary school principal.
This versatile teacher began her career at Port Arthur’s Woodrow Wilson Junior High where she taught French and English. She then split her time teaching elementary grades at Nursery Elementary and in an elementary school in La Escuela Americana in Honduras.
In 1986 she was hired by Austwell-Tivoli ISD as a first grade teacher.
During her 23-year tenure she has traveled an estimated 265,000 miles, wearing out several automobiles and countless tires.
“Martinez has missed very few days in 23 years and is a model of professionalism to her peers,” Maldonado said.
Colleagues who celebrated her retirement included Mrs. Warnnell Woolsey, who has 40 years of classroom experience at all levels; and the rookie of the school, Mrs. Kathy Gyllenband, who is finishing her third year as the sixth-grade teacher and Mrs. Lisa Anderson, who has tallied 15 years at A-TISD.
Gyllenband recently finished her master’s degree in education from the University of Houston.
Anderson has a total of 20 years teaching experience.
Maldonado said the highly qualified faculty of A-T Elementary has an average of 19 years classroom experience.
“These teachers are instrumental in the success that children have in learning,” Maldonado said. “Mrs. Martinez will be missed by everyone. Hundreds of area children who owe their ability to read to a dedicated teacher.”