Martinez Elementary School is a Colorado Springs District 11 school with over 500 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. It is located on the northeast side of Colorado Springs at the intersection of Rangewood Dr. and Vickers. Dr., near Cottonwood Creek Park.
The teachers and administration are committed to each and every child. They work with parents to develop children who are well-balanced emotionally and ethically and who can excel academically and socially. Martinez, led by 2015 Principal of the Year Bobbie Long, employs a whole child approach to teaching that extends beyond the time the children are in the school building. Character development and teamwork accompany academic achievement.
The curriculum at Martinez is rigorous and challenging while also being engaging and fun. Students learn through meaningful, hands-on activities that build core knowledge while developing critical thinking skills and creativity.
Martinez is a high achievement school developing leaders in a safe, nurturing and welcoming environment. The school offers an expanded curriculum with activities including art, band, orchestra and STEM. Outstanding gifted and talented and special education instruction is also offered.
Martinez participates in The Leader in Me process and has been named a Lighthouse School for outstanding results in student outcomes. It is an achievement less than 10 percent of participating schools have earned.
"I believe in the special gifts, uniqueness, and potential of children. I teach at Martinez because I am surrounded by dedicated, loving, competent colleagues that share my beliefs. Together we are a community of caring and learning focused on the well being of every person that enters our school."
— Teresa Wastler, Kindergarten Teacher
Martinez Elementary School is named after Lt. Col. Thomas H. Martinez, a role model for Hispanic Americans and a man who believed, "It is better to wear out than to rust out.
Lt. Col Martinez was known as the "All American Hispano" for his participation and involvement in international, national, state and local community affairs. He believed education is the birthright of every American and regardless of a person's racial group, color, religion, handicap, or national origin, if the individual has the fortitude, grit and courage to compete against all odds, one can succeed in any desired career, field, or professional goal.
Lt. Col Martinez died March 6, 1985, at age 71. Martinez Elementary School is a monument to his beliefs and dreams of the education of all students, and Hispanics in particular.
"I love Martinez Elementary School because Lt. Col. Thomas H. Martinez is my namesake. Martinez Elementary is a family-oriented school, and the staff and students are approachable and want to teach, learn and grow."
— Mary Guzman, Educational Assistant