Meet Our Trustees: Dorothy Martinez
Board Vice President, Trustee since 2014
Dorothy Martinez, a retired educator and Denton business owner, is a longtime community volunteer with a deep commitment to Denton ISD and its students. She is a strong believer that through education a person can receive the vital skills and tools that are important to being successful and prosperous.
A veteran educator, Mrs. Martinez spent 17 years as a classroom teacher in Denton ISD. She also was the first ESL Coordinator for the district while she also taught second grade. Additionally, Mrs. Martinez worked for the Dallas school district, where she was an assistant principal and dean of instruction. She also served as secretary at the University of North Texas.
Mrs. Martinez is the owner of American Floor Cleaning, a local business that her family has owned for more than 35 years. Mrs. Martinez received her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, ESL certification and administrator’s accreditation from Texas Woman’s University. Her children include Christopher Martinez, Anita Martinez-Strickland and Charles Martinez – all products of Denton ISD.
Insights and Contributions
Her love for learning has been apparent throughout her professional career and community involvement. In the family business, they often hired students to work part time. As an active parent, she worked part-time and also attended classes at TWU. Her first teaching job was at Jefferson Davis Elementary School. When that school closed, she went to Borman Elementary.
After teaching at Borman and Wilson, Mrs. Martinez transferred to Calhoun Middle School, where she restructured the ESL program for seventh- and eighth-graders. She later went to Dallas ISD where she served as assistant principal, dean of instruction and other administrative positions.
“My decision to pursue a career in teaching is due to my mother’s influence and desire to make a positive impact on the life of a child. Teaching is a highly rewarding profession in which one is able to directly affect change in the lives of others,” Mrs. Martinez said.
For her dedication to students and the community, she was named Woman of the Year and Founder’s Day Recipient for LULAC. She’s also been named to Who’s Who in American Education.
- LULAC Charter Member
- Founding member, RSVP Board
- Founding member , Denton Girls Softball Association
- Former Denton ISD Citizens Bond Committees
- Board Member, SERVE Denton ISD
- Former Denton County Appraisal Review Board Committee
- Member, Kiwanis Club of Denton
- Member, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church