Throughout January, School Board Recognition Month, Tyler ISD is honoring school board members as their “All-Star Team” and thanking them for their commitment to serving students, parents and staff. Take a moment to learn more about Trustee Aaron Martinez.
Trustee Spotlight – Aaron Martinez
Aaron Martinez has served as Trustee, representing District 5, since 2015.
He says what he values most about serving on the Board of Trustees is being a voice for children, supporting teachers, being an advocate for public education and championing Tyler ISD, and working as a team with Dr. Crawford and the other Trustees to strive for excellence.
“But one thing I have taken as a personal challenge is to make teachers and staff feel appreciated and encourage and support students to reach their goals,” he says. “In fact, nothing moved me more than a note I received from last year’s Robert E. Lee valedictorian, Alyssa Graham, who thanked me for ‘believing’ in her. I keep that posted next to my desk as motivation. It makes it all worth it.”
Mr. Martinez is a graduate of Lubbock ISD and holds a B.S. in Agronomy from Texas A&M University. After many years caring for some of the best golf courses in Texas, including Willow Brook Country Club, he is currently the Grounds Manager at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System and a Certified Arborist.
He says his favorite teacher was Mr. Seil in 4th grade for two reasons: “While I was already a strong reader, he introduced me to J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit and made me realize that all you need to create a new world is words and an imagination. He also recognized something in me and had me tested for the GT program. I’ve always believed this marked a turning point in not only my life, but the lives of my younger siblings, who were also afforded the opportunity to attend the GT school. It motivates me to ensure every student’s potential is recognized.”
Thank you, Mr. Martinez, for your commitment and service on the Tyler ISD Board of Trustees.