Martinez Elementary School

Among the best elementary schools in Colorado Springs

Martinez Elementary School

Among the Best Elementary Schools in Colorado Springs

What makes Martinez Elementary School
Distinct from other schools?

What makes Martinez Elementary School
Distinct from other schools?

Student Empowerment

Martinez staff call out each student's ability to excel through age-appropriate responsibility and ownership of activities.

Expanded Curriculum

Martinez offers art, band, choir, orchestra and one of the few elementary school STEM labs in Colorado Springs.

Leadership Development

Martinez offers every student opportunities to learn and apply leadership skills inside and outside of the classroom.

High Academic Achievement

Martinez students earn high scores on all state-required measures of academic learning.

Unparalleled Teamwork

Martinez is a highly-functioning team — unified and committed to drawing out the greatness in every student.

Strong Parent Involvement

Martinez parents are active as classroom and event volunteers, in the PTA and in the Watch D.O.G.S. program.

LeeAnn Gray

"Martinez Elementary School is unique and distinct from other schools because we teach, learn and live the 7 Habits which is really character development. Everyone supports this, from the office staff, to the custodians, to the educational assistants, all the way to the administration."

 — LeeAnn Gray, Special Education Teacher

WHAT DO PEOPLE LOVE ABOUT MARTINEZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL?

WHAT DO PEOPLE LOVE ABOUT MARTINEZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL?

  • "Martinez has an amazing culture of caring and passionate educators."

     — Shayla Mirzakhani, Stay-at-home Mom and Martinez Parent

  • "The atmosphere is very warm and encouraging. From the moment you walk in the door, there is a contagious enthusiasm set by a caring staff that works hard and has fun at the same time."

    — Cara Moore, Stay-at-home Mom and Martinez Parent

  • "The entire staff works together to inspire leaders! I've seen custodians and special ed paras lead Mustang Round Up and participate in other leadership events."

    — Jana Burnham, Youth and Administrative Pastor and Martinez Parent

  • "We are a very tight family. We take care of each other, staff, students, parents and our community."

    — Libby Holshue, Physical Education Teacher

  • "I love Martinez because the teachers truly care about their students and they want what's best for them."

    — Tina Leedom, Preschool Teacher

  • "Children learn how to treat others and be role models for each other."

    — Cindy Gordon, Multi-age Teacher, Second and Third Grade

  • "The PTA is an integral part of the school."

    — Theresa Newsom, Gifted and Talented Teacher

  • "The Martinez staff has incredible depth and breadth of experience, but welcomes innovation. The staff here will bend over backwards for the students.
    — Paul Cranfill, Music and Vocal Teacher
  • "It's an incredibly positive place."

     — Jennifer Whaley, Student Teacher 2016-2017 Academic Year

  • "It feels like home. The teachers are like family."

     — Sherri Mestas, Special Education Assistant

  • "Positivity and collaborative effort emanate from every classroom."

      — Allison Polgar, Multi-age Teacher, Kindergarten and First Grade 

  • "Martinez is the most supportive and caring school I've ever experienced. The staff goes out of its way to make all students feel valued and safe."
    — Laura Szostak, Second Grade Teacher
  • "The staff really love their kids and work endless hours to make a difference in each child's life."

     — Carrie Rains, Fourth Grade Teacher

  • "Lighthouse status enables us to be a beacon to our community."

     — Shannon Garcia, First Grade Teacher

  • "Everyone is important and has a voice. We are encouraged to speak up and to participate and Leader in Me has only made it better."

     — Lois Sprague, Special Education Assistant

  • "Students are accepted for who they are and the staff are encouraged to be themselves in their teaching."

    — Drew Norkoli, Multi-age Teacher, Fourth and Fifth Grade

Chris Giovagnoni

"I love Martinez because of the passion and teamwork I see from the teachers. I love Martinez because of the leadership I see from the principal. I've never seen a team as unified and dedicated to creating greatness as at Martinez. The lessons and habits my daughter is learning and the relationships she is creating go well beyond what I initially expected. Martinez elementary school is the needle in a haystack worth finding."

 — Chris Giovagnoni, Web Designer and Martinez Parent