Marta Goodson, Ed.S., was born in Panama. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, Philosophy and Education from the University of Panama. Upon moving to the United States, she continued her education at Central Michigan University, where she received a Master’s degree in education. She worked at Jefferson County High School for 11 years, where she received the Milken Educator Award in 2003. She continued her studies and specialized in School Administration and Leadership at Cambridge College. In 2011, she developed the AP Spanish Language Program at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School. In 2007, Mrs. Goodson founded an Academy for teaching modern languages called Pasitos Academy. Since then, she has sponsored and taught language workshops and summer camps through the academy. In 2014, she wrote and published a children's storybook titled Lorito, Lorito. She works as curriculum writer for the Richmond County Modern Language Program continually. She teaches at Lake Forest Hills IB World School and lives in Augusta, Georgia with her husband Eddie and daughter Maredie.
She recently became the 2020 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the Foreign Language Alliance for International Rapport (FLAIR) at the Induction Ceremony at Augusta University.
The Milken's Foundation's mission of retaining and attracting good teachers is a refreshing and needed focus in this competitive era. I am proud to be part of such a prestigious organization; and at the same time, I understand my role as a Milken Educator by constantly reflecting on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s, who said, "life's most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?"
As a Milken Educator, I have been able to embrace new perspectives and opportunities. My mission is not merely limited to my responsibilities and decisions as a classroom educator; rather it is a unique opportunity that allow me to influence and bond with others in the profession abroad.
As an experienced teacher, I have also had the joy to witness former students become outstanding educators.
Cambridge College, School Administration/Leadership Specialist
Central Michigan University, M.A. Education
University of Panama, B.A. Philosophy, Humanities and Education