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Meet Principal Martinez

Principal Martinez

Julio Martinez has been in education for 27 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in bilingual/multicultural education from the University of Arizona. He earned his master’s degree in educational administration from Grand Canyon University. Mr. Martinez moved back to Arizona from New Mexico in 2017 when he was chosen to lead a school in the Scottsdale Unified School District. Julio has 15 years of teaching experience at the elementary level, two years as a prevention specialist, and 10 years of experience as a school administrator. These 10 years include six years at the elementary level, one year at the middle school level, and three years at the high school level. Mr. Martinez became a principal with Student Choice High School in 2019 at our Maryvale location. In 2020 Mr. Martinez was chosen to lead our Maricopa campus.

While serving as principal of Jornada Elementary in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Mr. Martinez received the distinguished honor of the Leadership in Literacy Award in 2015 from the International Dyslexia Association, SW Branch (SWIDA). He is also recognized as a transformation specialist (turnaround principal) by the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE) in connection with the University of Virginia. This accomplishment started when he chose to lead his school’s complete turnaround from an “F” labeled school to an “A” school in three years. Mr. Martinez has completed various trainings that include Kagan Engagement Structures, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), AdvancED, PLC Summit, and STEM. Mr. Martinez has been part of a variety of committees working on curriculum state standards, Response to Intervention framework (RTI), adoption of teacher evaluation systems, and college and career readiness programs.

Julio’s favorite quote is in his office: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us." - Marianne Williamson.