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Meet Principal Martinez

Principal Martinez

Mr. Martinez has been in education for almost 26 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. Julio has 15 years of teaching experience at the elementary level with two years as a prevention specialist at the elementary level. He also has nine years of experience as a school administrator with six years at the elementary level, one year at the middle school level, and two years at the high school level.

While serving as principal of Jornada Elementary in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Julio received the distinguished honor of Leadership in Literacy Award in 2015 by 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 including Kagan Engagement Structures and completed a training to become a trainer of trainers for Kagan Engagement Structures, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), AdvancED, PLC Summit, and STEM. Julio 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.

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