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

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Because of your support, Martinez Fellows Andy Girón and Kevin Henley were busy preparing for parent teacher conferences in Tukwila during a recent visit. Both fellows teach very diverse students who speak over 60 languages. 80% of the students in the district are eligible for free and reduced lunch.

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YOUR generosity has allowed us to increase our impact across Washington state including a visit this fall to Heritage University, We were all completely inspired by the incredible guest speakers who generously share their expertise with our Fellows.

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“Martinez Fellows are such inspirational teachers! We proudly support The Martinez Foundation and their efforts to improve teacher diversity,” says Rosario Carroll, Senior Vice President at Plaza Bank. Plaza Bank has supported The Martinez Foundation since we began our program in 2009. Rosario enjoys attending special events and hearing Fellow success stories from their classrooms.

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A recent article regarding the need for closing the teacher-student diversity gap quotes U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding the need to add more teachers of color and The Martinez Foundation’s Executive Director, Ian Adair on the issue of retention.