Jennifer MartinezBoard Member

    Jennifer Martínez has an MA in Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco and is a retired educator who works part-time as a consultant and lecturer/student teacher supervisor at Sonoma State University. She has been a passionate advocate for bilingual education for over 40 years. She is most proud of being a co-founder of one of the first TWBI schools in the state of California – now called Cali Calmécac Language Academy, a TK-8 school in the Windsor Unified School District. Jennifer and her dedicated co-founders received a grant from the CA Department of Education to produce a manual and video to provide professional development for other districts throughout the state and country in planning and implementing TWBI programs. Jennifer spent 19 years as a classroom teacher and was honored as the North Coast Bilingual Teacher of the Year. She served 21 years as a curriculum specialist where her most important role was guiding and inspiring teachers to provide their students with a meaningful, high-quality education grounded in research-based pedagogies and best practices for TWBI/Dual-Language education. Jennifer has served in a wide variety of leadership roles such as mentor teacher, CRLP teacher leader, and CABE chapter president. She was a member of the District-Site Leadership Team, District Instructional Leadership Team, Governing Council, Two-Way CABE Board, and SSU Title VII Advisory Committee. She has worked part-time as research assistant for CAL and as a consultant. Jennifer has been honored to be an ATDLE conference co-chair, planning committee member, and frequent presenter at ATDLE as well as at other conferences focused on best practices for multilingual learners. Jennifer is thrilled to be a Director on the ATDLE Board at such an exciting time for our programs. She loves to learn and teach about theory, research, and pedagogy in order to continually ensure that our programs achieve the promised outcomes of bilingual- or multilingualism, equity and cross-cultural understanding, and high academic achievement in more than one language.