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Diana Martinez

Diana Martinez

World Literature

Diana Martinez was born into a large Puerto Rican family of nine children in which playing school was a daily occurrence, thrusting her into the role of teacher at a very young age. She taught handwriting and enjoyed marking her younger siblings’ answers wrong in red ink as a child, but her studies in English at The University of Connecticut and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Teachers College would greatly change her pedagogical practices. As a member of The Connecticut Writing Project, she worked to guide students through writing in more organic ways, including writing-to-learn strategies and teaching writing as a recursive process, in which students are always understanding more about what they think through writing, and in which revising and generating ideas are part of a continuous loop. Diana was a bilingual student herself and received a cross endorsement in bilingual education and TESOL. Scaffolding literacy tasks for her English Language Learners is a very personal passion of hers. So are her husband and children. Diana is the mother of two boys and lives in Cos Cob with her husband. Someday they will all play in a band together. Her husband plays guitar, one son plays drums, and she and her other son love to sing.


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martinezd@norwalkps.org