About Ms. Martin

(go to Language Arts tab for The Wave)  

  I'm thrilled to be a new member of the Falcon Bluffs English Language Arts team, and begin my seventh year at Falcon Bluffs!  As a certified secondary language arts teacher, I taught eighth grade English at Deer Creek before taking a mini-break to have children. My break turned into a seven-year hiatus, during which I substitute taught (long- and short-term) regularly at Deer Creek and Falcon Bluffs. In 2008, I returned to teach Academic Focus part-time on 7 Green at Falcon, and moved to sixth grade language arts the following year, where I spent four year before moving to 8th grade.
    I was born in Oxnard, California, but I grew up on the east coast of Florida. My life in Florida was interesting because my dad was a launch conductor for the Space Shuttle, so I spent many early mornings watching shuttle launches (or scrubs) and had to deal with having a rocket scientist for a dad! After graduating from the University of Florida (GO GATORS) with a bachelor's degree in literature, I moved to Atlanta, hoping to find a "real job" in a major city. After working as a manager at The Limited (yes, the clothing store), I moved on to work for the American Cancer Society's National Office in the public relations department. I put my degree to use by writing press releases, program guides, radio public service announcements, and event materials.
    During my time in Atlanta, I met my husband and we spent three more years in the south, got married, then decided to pack up and try somewhere new.
    On to Colorado! I decided to make a career change when we moved, and started graduate school in 1999. I received a master's degree in curriculum and instruction in 2001. (I actually met Ms. Partridge  during my graduate program, and we're still friends today!)
    My husband and I have lived in Colorado for 19 years, and have two children (Ivan is 15 and Lily is 12). While I enjoy the mountains, and love to ski and hike (five 14ers to date!), I do miss the beach. My favorite things to do are read, eat, run, hike, and swim. In fact, a perfect day for me would be to sit by the pool watching my kids play, while I eat and read. Then of course I'd have to go for a run or a hike!
    I love everything about teaching language arts at Falcon Bluffs, and my plan is to instill a love of reading and writing in my students, and inspire kids with real-world professional examples of writing while discovering the importance of writing to learn.