Excellent teachers. Equitable classrooms. Empowered students.
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.
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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.