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Marvin Martin (NM '92)


Hondo Valley Public Schools
Magdalena, NM

Subject(s) taught: Vocational Agriculture, Special Education
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

At the time of the Award, Marvin Martin was:

Assistant Principal
Rich South Campus High School
Richton Park, NM

Biographical Information

Marvin Martin is a vocational agricultural teacher to ninth through twelfth grade students at Zuni High school in Zuni. "As a vocational agriculture teacher my primary concern lies not in training my students to be good farmers," he says, "but rather, in teaching them to become thinking adults." A recipient of the 1991-92 Christa McAuliffe Fellowship for New Mexico, Mr. Martin has developed the Zuni School Farm Program. Offering various classroom projects and an internship program, the Zuni Farm Program uses a performance-based format to encourage students to reach higher levels of achievement and ultimately prepare them for employment and post-secondary education. As Project Director of this program, Mr. Martin's efforts have resulted in support from the United States Department of Education Fund for the Improvement and Reform of Schools and Teaching 1992-93. Mr. Martin has also received the Save the Children Community Improvement Grant and the New Mexico University Improvement of Secondary Teaching Award for 1991-92.