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Cotulla ISD announced last week that its board of trustees has picked Daniel Martinez to serve as the new principal for the Frank Newman Middle School.
The San Antonio native earned his qualifications at Texas A&M University at San Antonio. He has worked in education for ten years in a variety of roles with students ranging from pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade. At the intermediate level, he taught 5th grade science, middle school 6th and 8th grade math; and worked as an athletic coordinator, also coaching football, basketball and golf.
In administration, Martinez has served as an elementary school assistant principal and as principal at primary and elementary schools. His specialty experience in restorative discipline stems from working with the Texas Education Agency, the University of Texas at Austin, and Ed White Middle School in San Antonio.
“My educational foundation was built by building relationships with my students, my staff, and my community and this is what led to success in my career and with my campuses,” Martinez said. “I am thrilled to bring my skills as an educational leader to Newman Middle School and to work side by side with each of the staff members to ensure that Newman is a place of opportunity for all our students.
“I am both humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead a school focused on the whole student,” he added. “I feel extremely blessed to join your family and to support you.”
Martinez has two daughters, the elder a freshman at FIDM University in Las Angeles, California; the younger a junior at Johnson High School in San Antonio.
“Having teenage girls keeps me on my toes and gives me a true perspective on what it is like to be a parent in this day and age,” Martinez said. “But we must understand that educational success looks different for every child. I believe we must meet our students where they are, and then do everything in our power to get them to the next stage of their life. My goal is to create an atmosphere where students, staff, and families feel valued, seen, and heard every day.”
Martinez began his duties on the campus in July.