As mentioned in last week’s edition of the Immokalee Bulletin, we will be featuring stories of our Florida Exemplary Migrant Award winners. This week, we will introduce you to Olga Martinez who was named the 2020 Migrant Teacher/Educator of the Year.
Olga Martinez was born in Cuba and came to the United States with her adoptive parents in December of 1971. She grew up in Miami where both her parents worked in factories. In 1986, Martinez graduated from college and married the love of her life. Together, they had two children and will be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary in January. They also became first-time grandparents just this year.
Martinez began her teaching career in Miami in 1986. While there, she taught in a private school, public school, and found her calling teaching English Language Learners (ELL). In 1999, Martinez moved to Naples and started teaching for Collier County Public Schools (CCPS). During her 20 years with CCPS, Martinez has worked with ELL students, primarily in the area of reading. For the past 10 years, Martinez also gave up her summers to support the Migrant Education Program, assisting students and parents in their homes.
Martinez has helped many migrant students improve and develop their reading skills while showing parents how they can also support their child’s learning. She has always expressed a joy for working with migrant students, so when a Migrant Resource Teacher position opened up, Martinez gladly applied and was accepted.
In her current role as a Migrant Resource Teacher, Martinez collaborates with classroom teachers and parents to make certain all migrant students are actively learning. She also ensures parents are informed of how their children are doing in school and holds all migrant students accountable. In addition to her regular daily duties, Martinez offers presentations at Migrant Parent Institutes, where she works with parents on reading and math strategies. She also provides training to migrant tutors, offering tips and strategies to support migrant students throughout the year.
Martinez is a tremendous asset to CCPS and the Migrant Education Program, and we are very thankful she made the move to Naples and chose our #CCPSFamily.