All About Mrs. Martin

All About Mrs. Martin

Fall 2017 will be the beginning of my fourteenth year with Livonia Public Schools (including my student teaching at McKinley).  I have taught first through fifth grades at Garfield, Grant, Randolph, and Hoover Elementary Schools and this fall will be my seventh year teaching sixth grade at Cooper Upper Elementary.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Central Michigan University and received my teaching certification from Eastern Michigan with a major in Elementary Mathematics.  I completed my Masters in Reading during the 2010-2011 school year and my favorite parts of school are reading and writing.  I will be team teaching with Ms. Spence (science) and will be teaching social studies, math, and ELA (English language arts--reading and writing) to your student in my homeroom.

About My Family

Mr. Martin and I have known each other since we were in high school.  We celebrated our seventeenth year of wedded bliss wedding in May.  We really love to travel to see lighthouses in Michigan.  I'm the photographer in our family, so it is rare to see any pictures of me on the website, but below is my family in front of the Mackinaw Bridge on the left and the Presque Isle Lighthouse on the right.  These pictures are from six summers ago. We spent most of this summer traveling to my sister's house in Illinois (It is my summer resort and is very relaxing) and just hanging out at home, visiting family, libraries, and parks, and having lots of fun together.  I spent most of my free time reading...A LOT! 

  

                               

My son Zachary will be eleven in November and will be a Fifth Grader.  He likes Pokemon and Minecraft.  He is a great reader and enjoys spending time at the library looking for new books and playing games on the computer.  He loves to draw weird characters and make up stories and comic books.  Going on epic bike rides with his father is fun too!  My son mastered the freestyle and backstroke in swim class and has an amazing butterfly (he's still working on the breast stroke) last summer.  His goal for this summer is to conquer all the tasks in Zelda Breath of the Wild.

My daughter is Emma Jane and is eight and will be a Third Grader.  She likes to read books and write comics too, and she always has a new journal for her random writings.  She sings songs and picks up tunes very quickly and is extremely social.  She is very huggy and loves on everyone she knows and takes excellent care of all of us.  She loves Pokemon and Minecraft too and is the bubbly member of our family.   Her goal this summer is to have more play dates with her friends and to get her brother to be nice to her more often.  :)

                                                 

Mrs. Martin's List of Favorite things

Books:  (this list could get pretty long) Charlotte's Web, The Tale of Despereaux, The Hunger Games, The Messenger, The Mazerunner Series, The Raft, Out of My Mind, Lincoln's Grave Robbers, pretty much most young adult fiction (I make it a point to take the 40 book challenge each year with my students and read only young adult books during that time) and anything free to download on my Nook that is a mystery or historical fiction.  I'm actually working on a 40 book summer challenge (self imposed of course) and am making it a blend of 6 grade appropriate novels, professional development books, and grown up reads.  :)

Movies:  Finding Nemo, UP, Tangled, Wreck-It-Ralph, Brave, Frozen, The Avengers, Ant Man, Inside Out, Annie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Sound of Music, White Christmas (I love old musicals).  

Pizza toppings:  pepperoni and mushroom, and a side order of breadsticks please.

Coffee Houses:  Biggby is my number one favorite, Ms. Webster and I hang there to lesson plan sometimes, followed by Starbucks, and then Tim Hortons.  I do make my own coffee at home, but truly it is such a treat to have someone else make it for you.  :)

Dessert:  chocolate anything, caramel stuff too, hmmm, and I love a great cheesecake.

Colors:  I don't have one, I really like most of them but seem to wear a lot of black.

T.V. Shows:  I watch America Ninja Warrior and America's Got Talent during the summer.  My school year shows are Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.  And I love all versions of Masterchef.

Holidays:  Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Restaurants:  Cheesecake Factory, Archies, Panera, and Olive Garden.

Hobbies:  scrapbooking and reading.

Thing to do when not at school:  play with my kids, visit my family, read, read, read.

Favorite places to visit:  my sister's house in Illinois and libraries.