Dr. Kimberly Martinez

Teaching, Learning and Leadership
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

Office: 101 Heritage Hall
Phone: 715-232-2160
Email: martinezk@uwstout.edu

Brief Biography

I was born and raised in Eau Claire, WI. After graduating from UWEC, I moved to Alabama and spent 17 years there teaching for the Department of Defense at the Fort Benning School District, Fort Benning, GA. After receiving my Ph.D. from Auburn University, I moved to higher education and worked for Troy University-Phenix City Campus. I moved back to WI in June of 2007 and began working at UW-Stout in August of 2007. My husband and I live in Elk Mound, WI.

Teaching Interests: Literacy Education

Research Interests: Effective strategies for teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students. Improving vocabulary and comprehension through interactive read aloud. Using multicultural children's literature to increase cultural appreciation and awareness.

Professional Interests: Wisconsin Stat Reading Association International Literacy Association


  • Spanish (Conversational)


    • Ph D Elementary Education-Reading
      Auburn University
      Auburn, AL, United States, 1999

Licensures and Certifications

  • Principal Grades N-6: State of Alabama,
  • Elementary Grades 1-6: State of Alabama
  • Educational Leadership: State of Georgia
  • Elementary Grades (P-8): State of Georgia

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Klefstad, J. M., & Martinez, K. (2013). Using Multicultural Children’s Literature to Promote Cultural Awareness and Appreciation. Young Children, 74, .



    • Hines, E., & Martinez, K. (March 1, 2015). Unity School District. Evident-based reading strategies for struggling readers, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Klefstad, J., Martinez, K., & Lee, M. (February, 2013). Where Does Multicultural Literature Fit into your Curriculum? EVERYWHERE!. Wisconsin State Reading Conference, Milwaukee, WI, United States.
    • Klefstad, J., & Martinez, K. (October, 2010). Using Multicultural Children’s Literature to Increase Cultural Awareness in Early Childhood Classrooms. 15th Annual Minnesota Early Childhood Conference, Arden Hills, MN, United States.
    • Klefstad, J., & Martinez, K. (April, 2010). Multicultural Children’s Literature for the Early Grades. Early Childhood Conference, Menomonie, WI, United States.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research


    • Klefstad, J. M., & Martinez, K. 2010) Using Multicultural Children’s Literature to Promote Cultural Awareness and Appreciation in Early Childhood Classrooms. Sponsored by UW-System Institute on Race and Ethnicity, $1425.00.

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships


    • Sabbatical , (May 2015)
    • Regents Teaching Excellence Award Nominee, (August 2013)


    • Jax Teaching Excellence Award, Judy and Joe Jax established in 2004 (May 2013)