Kimberly Martinez

Kimberly Martinez enjoys horseback riding
with her family during her spare time.

What's new in your field?

Disciplinary literacy, close reading and complex text. Lots of new initiatives are part of the Common Core State Standards.

Why do you love teaching, especially at UW-Stout?

Reading is my passion. Reading education has been a focus of mine since I was in high school, and I am fortunate that I get to teach many reading courses at UW-Stout in the School of Education. I instruct teacher candidates in effective reading methods, but I like to believe that I also instill joy, purpose and success in my students as they approach their own reading assignments. And, because everyone has experiences in the area of reading, students have their own successes and failures to share as examples of the methods that we learn about. Just about every student in the School of Education has to take one or more of my reading courses, and I have enjoyed learning so much about the many different education programs and content areas that our students represent. The students are wonderful, and the enthusiasm they generate toward their future profession is exhilarating.

What’s your favorite teaching memory, moment or student?

My favorite teaching moment is when I see students, while out in the field, use methods and information that we have learned in class and experience children's success in literacy. That look of accomplishment in children's eyes and in the teacher's eyes is a reward that can't be realized in any other profession.

What’s interesting about you that your students might not know?

I am fluent in Spanish and love the Latino culture.

If you could interview anyone, who would it be and why?

I would interview Richard Allington, an education scholar at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His ideas about “fixing" much of what is wrong in education today are both progressive and unique.

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About Kimberly

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Title: Associate professor, department of teaching, learning and leadership

Teaching focus, expertise: Literacy education and preparing our teacher candidates for effective reading instruction from birth to grade 12

Research interests: Multicultural children's literature, effective reading instruction for English learners, benefits of reading aloud

Background: I started at UW-Stout in the fall of 2007. Before that I worked for Troy University in Alabama as an assistant professor and program coordinator in the education department. I spent 13½ years working for the Department of Defense at the Fort Benning School District in Fort Benning, Ga. I taught third grade, first grade and remedial reading for 10 years and spent 3½ years as an assistant principal at Faith Middle School. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UW-Eau Claire, a master’s degree in elementary education from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in education, with an emphasis on reading, from Auburn in 1999.

Family, hobbies: My husband is from Colombia, South America, so we enjoy cooking Colombian style foods, speaking Spanish and watching Spanish TV. I grew up in Eau Claire, and my parents and brother and his family live in Wisconsin. My step-children and their families live in Texas and Georgia. Taking the opportunity to enjoy my family is a priority for me. We have five horses, two dogs and four cats on our hobby farm. We enjoy horseback riding and driving and have participated in a number of wagon trains in Alabama and Wisconsin. And of course, I love to read every chance I get.

May 2014