Hello and welcome to our 5th grade class! I am Savannah Martinez and have been working with Southwest Preparatory for about 4 years now; however, this is the first year with my own classroom ! I have been working with kids professionally in various aspects for about 6 years and am so excited to be taking a new step in my professional career! I attend the University of New Mexico (Go Lobos!) I also attended a study abroad program at Universitat Pomepu Fabra located in Barcelona, Spain. I am a Burqueña born and raised and consider myself an international citizen! I have been studying the Spanish language for about 6 years now, and this is something I will try to incorporate into the classroom to support students’ learning in their Spanish class.

My teaching philosophies stem from my own experiences as both student and educator, from past professors and educators such as Paulo Freire, and scientific-based research and studies. Educators who create inclusive environments where mutual respect, love, and understanding occur make it possible for true progression to occur. Using the pedagogies, theories, and tools of liberated educators means investing in our students and our communities. Influential people such as Paulo Freire inspire me to be an educator who seeks to encourage and inspire students to become critical thinkers, citizens who are invested in one another, and citizens who hope to change the world for the better. I am committed to being a lifelong learner, along with my students. Thank you for entrusting me with the education of your students. I look forward to having a successful year!