Sarah Martinez

Sarah Martinez was born and raised in Sacramento, California where she attended Sacramento public schools. After attending Sacramento City College for one year, Sarah transferred to the UC Davis, where she majored in Spanish and minored in Sociology. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1972.

It was during her years at UC Davis, that Sarah began exploring her strong interest in the field of education. In 1969 and 1970 she was selected to participate in a new California migrant education program called Mini Corps. She completed summer education courses at CSU Chico and San Jose.  

In the summer of 1970, Sarah was selected to participate in the Teacher Interns for Migrant Education program at California Polytechnic Institute in San Luis Obispo, California. It was there that she earned her Standard Life Teaching Credential, which was to be the first of many credentials and certificates that she would earn in the field of education.  

Sarah’s first teaching assignment was in the Woodland Joint Unified School District where she served as a bilingual and Spanish immersion educator for four years before returning to post graduate education. In 1973 as a post-graduate student, she earned specialist degrees in Bilingual Multi-Cultural Education and Severely Handicapped Education from CSU Sacramento.

Over the next 20 years, Sarah taught all grades from kindergarten through ninth grade, with the exception of sixth grade. It was in 1993, while serving as a resource specialist for the Woodland Joint Unified School District’s Spanish immersion program, that she decided to return to CSU Sacramento to participate in the Bilingual Leadership Training program. Sarah continued in the Woodland School District, and was selected as a fellow with the California Science Project, and with this experience she was asked to serve as the director of language and literacy with California Science Project. 

In 2000, she moved completely to UC Davis where she served in numerous administrative positions including coordinator and director of “Reservation for College,” assistant director of school/university partnerships, director of school/university partnerships and director of the Early Academic Outreach Program. Combined, these programs have served thousands of children in California’s schools.

Sarah has accumulated a broad range of experiences both as a teacher and administrator at the K-12 and university levels. Throughout her career she has given professionally, passionately and with integrity to the children and families that she has had the pleasure and honor to serve.