A leading school administrator, Marion H. Martinez has devoted her entire professional career to the field of public education. Since 2008, Martinez has served the Connecticut State Department of Education as its Associate Commissioner for Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Leadership. In her present role, Marion H. Martinez chairs the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council while directing the Common Core State Standards Initiative, the Next Generation of Accountability Initiative, and the Secondary School Reform Initiative. For the last two years, Martinez has also worked as an Adjunct Professor of Teacher Education and School Leadership at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.
Marion H. Martinez received a Doctor of Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership at Connecticut’s University of Hartford and wrote a dissertation titled “Characteristics of Innovations: Elementary Principals’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of Early Intervention Reading Programs.” In 1976, Martinez earned a Master of Arts in Special Education at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, where she previously completed a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.
Prior to assuming her current positions, Marion Martinez spent five years as Superintendent of East Hartford Public Schools. Throughout her career, she has held a number of administrative positions in school districts throughout Connecticut, including Assistant Superintendent of Clinton Public Schools. She worked as Director of Special Education and Research & Testing for East Windsor Public Schools for more than 20 years, and from 1994 to 2000 she also served as the district’s Director of Instruction. Marion Martinez began her career in education as a classroom instructor in Ravena, New York, teaching language arts to junior high students.