am so excited to be teaching at St. Francis. I am an alumni of St. Francis and Juan Diego Catholic High School. When I was little, I had amazing teachers that instilled a lifelong dream in me; and that dream has finally come true. I have always wanted to be a teacher, and a teacher at my favorite school (St. Francis). I recently graduated from the University of Utah (GO UTES!!) with my Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. With that degree, I have an ESL endorsement and training in Next Steps and Higher Steps intervention programs.

My teaching philosophy is to create a safe and welcoming environment where students are not afraid to take risks and challenge themselves. I base my lessons on student-centered learning; and the teachings of the Catholic church. I want my students to be life-long learners and christ like people. I also believe that each student brings different strengths and talents to a classroom; and I like to celebrate each student's uniqueness.

I have been happily married to my high school sweetheart since 2014. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dogs. Especially if we are camping in the beautiful mountains Utah has. I love my little family, and I am ecstatic to start my career as a Catholic Educator.

Jeanell (Reilly) Martinez
Professional Educator
4th Grade
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