Millennium_13th Ed_Donna Polk Stenson

99 Millennium - A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine EDUCATION While walking outside of an elementary school when he was young, Dr. Martinez heard laughter coming from one classroom. Upon looking through the window, he saw his brother wearing a cap in front of the class; even the teacher was laughing. It was mathematics being taught at that time. He looked humiliated, and Dr. Martinez was horrified. Then, and there, he knew what he desired to do: teach mathematics, not humiliation. Dr. Martinez notes that, while his brother was intelligent and read at the college level before leaving the eighth grade, his brother was held back in mathematics. With the help of his wife, Nancy, Dr. Martinez learned the culprit of similar behaviors in mathematics students: fear and anxiety. Their 1996 book, “Math Without Fear: A Guide for Preventing Math Anxiety in Children,” captures their early work. To wit, his dedication in the fields of the arts, sciences and education have played a significant role in his professional success. Furthermore, Dr. Martinez attributes many of his achievements to the support and encouragement of his wife and his intense drive. In light of his numerous accomplishments, he is especially proud to have delivered his doctoral dissertation on “iconic read-out” and to have earned his doctoral degree. In the coming years, Dr. Martinez hopes to publish another book. books, including such texts as “The Narrow Way” series, “Sharing Practices That Work,” and “Universal Design for Learning as a Model for Teaching Mathematics,” among many others. As part of his professional journey, Dr. Martinez cultivated his own formal education, having studied at the University of New Mexico and earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1973 and a PhD in 1980. To commemorate his accomplishments in the field, he has been recognized with several Merit Awards from his alma mater, and he was nominated for the Popejoy Dissertation Prize. Furthermore, Dr. Martinez received a certificate of recognition from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. After being informed by his biological mother that he was adopted by her eldest brother in the 1940s and his genetic father was a nuclear physicist who worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory during the Manhattan Project, Dr. Martinez realized that the white sheets of paper showing the algebraic commutative and associative laws, that were shown to him from time to time, must have come from his real father. After meeting his adoptive Martinez family in 1947, he attempted to teach the eldest brother of the family the basics of algebra on many occasions, only to be refused each time.