All About Mrs. Martin

All About Mrs. Martin

Fall 2018 will be the beginning of my fifteenth 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 eighth 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.  

About My Family

Mr. Martin and I have known each other since we were in high school.  We celebrated our eighteenth 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 seven 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 twelve in November and will be a Sixth Grader.  He likes Pokemon and Minecraft and ALL THINGS RELATED TO VIDEO GAMES (playing them, reading about them, watching people on YouTube playing them).  He is a great reader and enjoys spending time at the library looking for new books and playing games on the computer.  He is an artist and loves to doodle and takes classes at ART 101 in Livonia.  He is also a Cooper Student!

My daughter Emma Jane is nine and will be a Fourth Grader this year.  She likes to read books and write comics and epic stories.  Last year, she created an entire series of Cat Donut books with her friends.  She owns more journals than anyone I know!  She loves to sing and is very social!  She loves Pokemon and Minecraft too and is the often found playing games with her brother.  She is also an artist, doodler, and student at ART 101.  She is NOT at Cooper yet, but will be in a year.


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.