Emily Martinez started her teaching caraeer in 2012, when she took over a class that had 10 weeks of substitute teachers. The students tested her but she proved tht she was there to stay. Emily takes on new challenges year after year, finding new ways to serve her students and help the Kirk Middle School community. Emily loves to bring creativity and imagination to her lessons, and she makes it a point to help students see connections between what they are learnig in the classroom and what is happening in the world around them. Emily's colleagues describe her as a self-starter, a change agent, and a pioneer in using technology to help English learners.