Congratulations to Sandra Martinez-Galvan the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year for the Conejo Valley Unified School District!
Ms. Martinez-Galvan is a remarkable Thousand Oaks High School teacher who has an excellent rapport with students, parents and colleagues. She is engaging, creative and dedicated to teaching students to care about themselves and the world around them, expanding their knowledge and awareness to their culture and life beyond school. Ms. Martinez-Galvan has been celebrated as an award-winning member of the Latino Community and has implemented a program that provides opportunities for Latino students to become leaders at Thousand Oaks High School and the community. As the Conejo Valley Unified Teacher of the Year, she has been submitted as our nomination for the Ventura County Teacher of the Year.
Earlier this year Ms. Martinez-Galvan was celebrated – in partnership with the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce – as the April 2020 Teacher of the Month for CVUSD. Each month of the school year, a new Teacher of the Month is recognized. From the 2019-2020 school year’s Teacher of the Month recipients, CVUSD’s Teacher of the Year is selected.
A Foreign Language teacher at Thousand Oaks High School, Ms. Martinez-Galvan has been an educator in CVUSD classrooms for 15 years, and an invaluable asset to CVUSD students for more than 22 years. She enhances students’ language acquisition with authentic, and relevant content, and by encouraging students to learn about their culture, and the culture of others. Her goal is to teach students to value education, and to teach them how to succeed in their academic endeavors.
Ms. Martinez-Galvan truly brings the outside world into the classroom to help expand students’ knowledge and awareness. For example, she frequently invites guest speakers to club meetings, classes, and the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meetings. The guest speakers share their success stories, and advice, and educate the students about issues that affect them. She also takes students on university field trips.
At Thousand Oaks High School, Ms. Martinez-Galvan leads the Latino Connection Club, the Dreamers Club, and is now starting a leadership program geared towards training Latino students to become leaders in school and the community.
The last two years she has secured a grant to provide free SAT preparation classes to Latino students. The grant provides the funds for two trained teachers to impart on students the skills that will help them succeed on both sections of the test.
As a colleague, Ms. Martinez-Galvan is a team player, and natural problem-solver. She spearheaded a new assessment process to help ensure native Spanish speakers are placed in the correct Spanish class, thus allowing students to be properly challenged, while simultaneously allowing teachers to effectively teach at the prescribed level.
She is a phenomenal leader, and has been an invaluable resource to families by working to ensure that parents are involved in their children’s education. She leads a group of Latino parents who are learning how to help their students succeed in school. She also helps organize the ELAC events where parents are informed and educated.
Outside of the classroom, she is a well-known and loved community figure. She recently won the Cesar Chavez Award for being an essential asset in the Latino Community.
Ms. Galvan-Martinez is an extraordinary teacher, and human being – and we are immensely proud to recognize her as CVUSD’s 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year!