Students most rewarding for Pinon teacher

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By Carol A. Clark

In her fifth year of teaching, Kristen Martines credits her students for making it all worth while.

Bonding with them throughout the year and seeing how they develop, transform and grow is what most thrills the 29-year-old third grade teacher at Piñon Elementary School.

“The kids are definitely the best part of my job,” Martines said. “My challenge is not having enough time for all there is to do.”

That’s understandable considering the vivacious mother of two young boys also is working on her master’s degree in special education with an emphasis on visually impaired students.

Martines and her husband, Jason Martines, live in White Rock with their sons Jaxon, 5, and Maddox, 21 months.

She explained that she loved working the first four years of her career at Aspen Elementary School.

“I never wanted to leave Aspen but Jaxon was starting Kindergarten,” she said. “But it’s also been wonderful at Piñon this year. The staff has been welcoming and nurturing and I have a great third grade team of three teachers. They’ve made the transition really smooth.”

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