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Katrina Martinez entered the field of education in 2005 as a bilingual elementary educator. She completed her undergraduate studies in 2004 focused on Applied Learning and Development at the University of Texas at Austin and received her Master of Education in the specialization of Curriculum and Instruction through Concordia University in 2008.

After serving as a bilingual teacher in Dallas ISD, Katrina served as a founding director of a public charter school where she later served as a district administrator, and more recently, a school board member.

Throughout her profession, Katrina has proudly served urban, under-resourced populations in a multitude of capacities, primarily contributing to bilingual program and Project-Based Learning development and implementation support. Her recent work has focused on educational partnerships to disrupt and transform traditional learning environments to more innovative, learner-centered programming. Katrina remains passionate about serving within urban populations, designing adult learning, and cultivating cultural conditions which empower all stakeholders within a learning ecosystem.

In 2020, Katrina founded an education consulting business offering support and partnership services grounded in inquiry-based learning and student-centered practices. Currently, in addition to her BPL role, Katrina is a National Faculty member for PBLWorks and a Facilitator and Coach for teachthought.
Katrina spends her free time volunteering with multiple non-profit organizations.

Her weekends are dedicated to social and family gatherings, extracurricular activities and cheering on Dallas-based sports teams and the Texas Longhorns. Hook ‘em!

Katrina Martinez

School Design Coach, Texas Upstream