Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Martin

By Kamryn, Colby, and Alyana

Mr. Martin's family in front of the U. S. S. Alabama, one of their many stops over the summer.

Mr. Martin's family in front of the U. S. S. Alabama, one of their many stops over the summer.

The Man. The Myth. The Legend. Mr. Martin. Most of his childhood was spent in the Land of Lincoln, Springfield. Though a brief time was spent in Taylorville, Illinois he spent most of his life in Springfield. During his time as a middle school student he was a typical student. He didn’t cause much trouble and always worked hard to get good grades. Though he was a typical student he excelled in soccer and football. During high school he worked at Chick-fil-a, and enjoyed it because they let him eat for free. Though his favorite was Chick-fil-a he worked at a number of other fast food restaurants. He wanted to become a CPA (Certified Public Account) because he wanted to make good money. Before he headed off to college he realized that shaping the young minds of children was his true passion. After graduating high school he went to Lincoln Land Community College to get his Associates degree. He then attended the University of Illinois at Springfield to gain his Masters degree and a teaching certificate. Before coming to Sangamon Valley Mr. Martin worked as a Sales Director and was also offered a job at Coca Cola. His first job teaching students was at a Juvenile Detention Center, and then he took the job at Sangamon Valley. Teaching teenagers intrigue him more than other ages because he is able to have an intelligent conversation with them.

After marrying his lifelong partner in love he had two sets of twins. First, came his eleven-year-olds Hannah and Hunter, and then came his came his eight-year-olds, Owen and Noah. What are kids without pets? He has two dogs, his daughter's Pomeranian Poodle and his hunting dog, a Brittany Spaniel. His younger son Noah has four adult fish and five baby fish. When he is not watching his kid’s soccer games and cheer competitions, he enjoys hunting, working in the shed and his yard, but what he loves most is traveling. He has been to Gulf Shores, Florida, South Carolina, and so much more, all over the course of one summer. When he is hungry he loves freshly smoked ribs, but when that is not available he loves his wife's homemade fettuccine alfredo with chicken or shrimp. Dinner without vegetables is just bland, so Mr. Martin will eat okra or carrots. Now that you have heard Mr. Martin’s story, you can tell all your friends how to find their inner Martin.