Ms. Yvette Martinez has been a dedicated teacher at Duarte Unified School District for thirteen years. She began her career as a long-term sub, teaching English Learners, AVID, and English. Although she obtained a multiple-subject credential, she fell in love with teaching English to junior high students, which is what Ms. Martinez currently teaches at Royal Oaks STEAM Academy.
Ms. Martinez’ passion for education stemmed from her own childhood and life experiences. She describes her elementary years as challenging, often getting into trouble or hanging out with the wrong crowd. It was sports and positive mentors that redirected her path. Ms. Martinez thrived in high school and went onto Cal State Dominguez Hills, where she also played college softball.
Her life, though, was not without continued tragic events. She experienced the loss of her boyfriend in her young-adult life, and most recently, her mother. Ms. Martinez is a person of resilience and a beacon of hope, for she has used these upsets in life to fuel her energy in becoming a positive role model. She practices tough love, and does not believe in excuses. But her firm yet kind-hearted approach is what allows students to connect with her deeply. And this is evident through the positive relationships she has built with her previous and current students, some who have become like family to her.
Ms. Martinez is an avid Twilight fan, and enjoys going to the casinos during her free time. On most days, she is spending time with her family and cheering on her 5 year-old nephew in his baseball and basketball games on the weekends. It is caring teachers like Ms. Martinez that makes Royal Oaks STEAM Academy a wonderful place to learn.