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Spanish teacher follows in her mother's footsteps

2013-02-20T00:00:00Z Spanish teacher follows in her mother's footstepsBy Kimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondent
February 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Alison Martinez is bringing energy and youth into the classroom in her new role as Spanish teacher at Luther East High School in Lansing.

Martinez, 23, took the part-time position last year after her mother retired from teaching Spanish at the school in 2012.

“I was very eager to take over her role because I knew what a great opportunity it would be to teach. Up until I started I was only a tutor, which I enjoyed thoroughly. But being able to teach multiple students is a privilege I hold dear,” the Lansing resident said.

“My mother and my sister are both teachers, and they have both exhilarated my desire to teach.”

A Thornton Fractional South High School graduate, Martinez attended the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, double majoring in Spanish and sociology, with a minor in Latino studies. She now teaches Spanish levels 1-3 to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

“My mom has taught me how to integrate culture into the classroom, which I believe is something imperative when learning a second language, because it gives the language more depth,” she said.

“I’ve always enjoyed helping people and speaking Spanish. Therefore, being able to help kids speak Spanish was the best choice I could make.”

“I like the expression the student gives when they finally understand the subject matter,” she added.

Martinez is currently pursuing her medical translator certification, and enjoys theater and concerts. She is a member of St. Ann Church in Lansing.

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