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, coaching, 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

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Join Edgar and Holli Martinez and The Martinez Foundation for our biggest fundraiser of the year “Viva Martinez!” Casino Night Auction! Get ready for a lively evening of gaming and bidding for a good cause…Come show us your Vegas and reserve your individual tickets or sponsor a table for the event today!

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Elizabeth reminds her fourth grade teacher and Martinez Fellow Ana Ochoa Rivas a little of herself. Quiet and shy in class, Elizabeth began the year not talking at all. When Ana would call on her, she simply wouldn’t speak. Now, several months into the school year and after a lot of encouragement, Ana has seen that change. Elizabeth now answers questions when called upon and asks questions when she doesn’t understand something. “I think it helps that she knows she can ask me in Spanish and I will respond,” says Ana.

Carlos Lazo Video from KING 5

Martinez Fellow Carlos Lazo who teaches Spanish at two junior high schools in the Shoreline School District was featured in a recent KING 5 report “Local immigrants celebrate new Cuban relations.”

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SAVE THE DATE Friday, June 19th Mariners Game Night plus a very special fireworks show! Tickets will go on sale soon and a portion of each ticket sold through our link will benefit The Martinez Foundation. Support improving teacher diversity with a night of fun for the whole family!