Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education Arizona State UniversityMaster’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Northern Arizona University
Mrs. Jen Martinez
I have been teaching at Mesa Verde since 2012! I have four children. My oldest children graduated from the U of A and my other children attend Ironwood Ridge and ASU. My husband is also a teacher so during the school year our home is a very busy place! I graduated from ASU with a degree in Elementary Education and I previously taught for several years in Phoenix working as an ESL teacher as well as teaching full-day Kindergarten. I also taught preschool for six years here in Tucson. I earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from NAU in 2008.
Defining Moment in My Education
I was the child that cried almost every day of kindergarten! I had an amazing teacher that comforted me and helped build my confidence. Kindergarten is a year of major transition for a lot of children. I want my student's first year of formal schooling to be filled with wonder and for children to feel pride as they learn to become a part of a school community. I am grateful for my kindergarten teacher who treated me with kindness and respect and want to do the same for my students.
Why Mesa Verde?
I love teaching at a school where the entire staff is dedicated to providing the best education environment for all children. Mesa Verde is truly a very unique and special place.