Meet our Principal, Mrs. Stewart!!!
From a very young age, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to inspire the love of learning into others and help students understand things that don’t always come easy to some. I make it my mission each and every day to make sure that we are always keeping students at the center of our decisions and I maintain a “whatever it takes” to ensure every single student finds success at Martinez.
Growing up, my dad was an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army. He served 22 years before retiring. I spent my entire childhood and well into my teen years traveling the world with my family. I have lived in many places from Alaska to New York and across both oceans (Germany and S. Korea). I have had the privilege of seeing many parts of the world that most people only experience through pictures or movies.
My love for teaching started for me in High School when I was a peer tutor. Later, I worked as a classroom aide for D11 for a few 1st grade classrooms. I continued my coursework through PPC for my associate’s degree and graduated with a bachelor’s in science with an elementary teaching endorsement from UCCS. I completed my student teaching year in Harrison School District 2 and was the lead for a 4/5 GT class. Upon graduation, I was hired as the 6th grade science teacher at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy in 2009. I eventually received my endorsement to teach secondary science and stayed as a middle school science teacher for many years. After 3 years in D49, I decided to come back home to D11. I taught 7th then 8th grade science at Russell Middle school for about 5 years while I worked on earning my Master’s Degree in educational leadership with Principal licensure.
I was then hired as the Dean of Students at West Middle School and stayed there for about 2 years. After two years, the district determined that based on the needs of the school that the Dean position would sunset and an Assistant Principal position would take its place. I applied for the position and was hired as the AP at West Middle School. After 2 years, there was an additional need for an AP for West Elementary; hosted on the same campus. I was then designated to split my time as half AP for West Middle School and half AP for West Elementary School.
After almost 5 years at the West Campus, I knew I was ready to move into a principalship. From the first moment I learned about Martinez and began to meet the wonderful people within, I instantly fell in love. I would not want to be anywhere else right now. I truly hit the jackpot when I was named Principal of Martinez Elementary in 2020. Martinez is a truly blessed community with families and staff that genuinely love and care for kids. We truly do anything to support our little people.
I look forward to many more years to come as we continue to introduce a variety of programming and opportunities for our families and students. We are embarking on a new chapter in our journey and I am honored to lead us through it.
Anna Stewart Birchfield