The mission of The Martinez Foundation is to improve teacher diversity and the retention of teachers of color in Washington State. We seek to accomplish this by providing scholarships, mentoring, and ongoing professional development. We are the only organization in the country whose mission is to improve teacher diversity and support teachers of color in their profession.

What we’re up to

Gary and Mack

The Martinez Foundation is thrilled to announce an amazing speaker duo: Former Ambassador Gary Locke and former Seahawk Mack Strong for our 2014 Keys to Success Luncheon on October 2, 2014!

Pedro Arellano-Camerana

Martinez Fellow Pedro Arellano-Camarena describes his journey, from struggling in school to his decision to pursue a career teaching mathematics to students like himself including the “magical day” when he first had the opportunity to teach math.

Classroom photo Sobia

Our Martinez Fellows are busy preparing their classrooms and welcoming back students. This year, our number of teachers has grown to over 100 including those still finishing their graduate programs and student teaching. Check out a few of the photos from their classrooms.

2014 Conference Collage 1

73 Martinez Fellows attended our annual four day conference engaging in professional development workshops, presentations and team building activities. Guest speakers included Dr. Geneva Gay and Washington State Teacher of the Year Katie Brown.