The Martinez Fellowship is a program established by Edgar and Holli Martinez in 2008 with a mission of improving teacher diversity. Formed under the non-profit organization, formerly known as the Martinez Foundation, the Martinez Fellowship provides support to teachers of color through graduate level scholarships, early career coaching, and ongoing professional development in an effort to close the opportunity gap by recruiting and retaining teachers of color in Washington State.
In 2015, The Martinez Foundation entrusted Technology Access Foundation (TAF) to continue its efforts of diversifying the teacher population and improving ethically correct educational curriculum within school districts.
The addition of the Fellows to TAF only furthers TAF’s goal of creating an educational environment where students of color are validated to grow and prosper, as well as provides new educators with STEMbyTAF teaching tools to effectively implement project-based learning within their classrooms.
Currently, we have close to 120 active Martinez Fellows working in 24 school districts and positively influencing more than 8,500 students from some of the most diverse and high-needs schools in Washington.
TAF is the only non-profit organization in the state committed to improving teacher diversity and retaining teachers of color in their profession. TAF does this by providing Fellows with the opportunity to network and collaborate with other teachers of color in a trusted community, along with providing high quality professional development designed to complement their university instruction and other district or state supports.
There are five professional development seminars throughout the school year. Sessions are Fellow-driven and Fellow-led, and are designed to support Fellows’ needs as they develop in their practice and their careers. Fellows are also invited to participate in an annual four-day conference at IslandWood Outdoor Learning Center (located on Bainbridge Island, WA), which introduces new members to the Fellowship and offers intense professional learning workshops led by local education thought leaders and experts.
The Martinez Fellowship selectively recruits education graduates from partner colleges. Here are the colleges that we currently partner with.
The Martinez Foundation supports me in so many ways. They encourage my passion for education and keep me motivated. They provide me with professional development to help me hone my craft as teacher. They also give me emotional support, which is often needed in this career. The Martinez Foundation helps me to be the teacher I have always wanted to be and the teacher that all students deserve.Martinez Fellow, Cohort 7
My dream of being a fantastic teacher became a reality the day I became a Martinez Fellow. The foundation is what every teacher needs.Martinez Fellow, Cohort 7