Teacher of the Year

Congratulations John Martin!

2020 Semi-Finalist
Wethersfield High School, Wethersfield

Learn More About John

John Martin is an English teacher at Wethersfield High School in Wethersfield, CT. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Education degree in English Curriculum/Instruction, both from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He has taught in Wethersfield since 2013 when he moved to Connecticut from Massachusetts, where he began teaching in 2011.

John often tells his students and colleagues that he has the most fun and fulfilling job in the world. He can be seen in the hallway shaking student’s hands, connecting on classroom assignments, and laughing and building relationships with students on their common and shared interests. It is rare that you see John without a welcoming smile on his face.

John is an active member of the Wethersfield High School community and loves cheering on student-athletes at sporting events, attending school theater productions, chaperoning prom and senior outings, and supervising international student trips including recently leading 29 students to New Zealand and Australia during Summer 2019.

Prior to teaching, John worked for many years as a journalist. John has brought his experience into the classroom and created the school’s journalism program, which over the course of six years has become the highest enrolled senior English elective. He also launched and maintains a student-run journalism news website eagleeyewhs.com for students, staff, and community members.

John continuously strives to maintain excellence at Wethersfield Public Schools by serving as the Staff Liaison on the Board of Education’s Career Advisory Board, designing the school’s student advisory program, writing the curriculum for ten courses in the English department, and by facilitating numerous professional development activities, many focused on how to best utilize technology and writing practices in the classroom. John also volunteers as district representative at job fairs throughout the state.

John believes great educators are at the core of public education and is committed to helping new and developing teachers find their voice within the classroom. He serves as a mentor for new teachers at Wethersfield High through the TEAM Beginning Teacher program and a cooperating teacher for master’s students and prospective teachers at local universities.

John strives to contribute to the overall advancement of education throughout the State of Connecticut. He is editor of the Connecticut Student Writer’s Magazine at the University of Connecticut, on the leadership team of the Connecticut Writing Project, and is a teacher consultant for the National Writing Project, working to help teachers across content areas further their writing practice in the classroom.

Outside the classroom, John is an avid musician and fitness enthusiast. When not teaching, John is working to improve his skills playing the banjo, guitar, ukulele, bass, and drums. John has also recently completed his second half-marathon and is a coach at Silk City Fit in Manchester, CT
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