Mr. Martin is the Grades 5-6 Science Teacher at Alma’s Sarah D. Ottiwell Campus.
What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?
The passion with which the other staff members spoke about their roles and the kids they worked with really inspired me. I could tell from my first interview that everyone had a fire within them to make an impact and that is something that really resonated with me.
What do you hope to contribute to Alma?
I hope to broaden my students minds by introducing them to fresh perspectives that they may not experience day to day. My work experiences have been diverse and living in NY, working in NYC for a few years introduced me to many types of people with a breadth of stories. I want to share those anecdotes to broaden my students’ outlooks on what is possible for them.
What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?
My fifth grade teacher Mrs. Baglino was the first teacher to really tap my potential. She saw that I was willing to work hard to achieve in the classroom and she gave me the opportunities to introduce more rigor into my school experiences. I attribute many of my scholarly successes to her as she showed me what was possible if there wasn’t a cap put on my potential.
Why did you become involved in education?
I believe that the education system in our country is fundamentally flawed and I want to work to change the system from within. Students have so much untapped potential and we need great educators to help foster their skills to shape a brighter future.
Where did you go to college or post-secondary school?
Hofstra University – Honors College
What did you like about your college?
I loved the exposure I received to different cultures, religions, and traditions as well as the diversity in programming around protected characteristics such as gender identity, sexuality, disability, and more. There was always an event or seminar going on that I could attend to expand my horizons.
What is your favorite food?
Cilantro Pistachio Pesto Pasta
What is your favorite book?
The Maze Runner