John Martin is an English teacher at Wethersfield High School. Despite being surrounded by cranky teenagers all day, he finds a way to make each day enjoyable. In high school Martin wasn’t the “ideal student”, but his teachers saw more in him. They pushed him to do his best and to help him succeed. He has taken that experience with him in his teaching career and applied that to his own teaching philosophy.
Now, after working at WHS for five years, he has made a reputation for himself as the teacher who really cares. Students know whether they need help in school or just help in general, Martin is always there to talk to.
During any of Martin’s free periods you are almost always guaranteed to find at least one student sitting with him to talk. By talking with his students, he starts to make connections with them that he couldn’t by just being in the classroom. Building that relationship with his students leaves a long lasting impact on them, just like Martin’s teachers left on him. This bond he and his students make help him to be an even better teacher. To him the literature he teaches isn’t always static. He believes that each story can have a different meaning based on the reader.
By getting to know his students he gets to discover new interpretations of the text based on how his students see it. Martin makes the texts more interesting by being able to make the connection between the story and the students lives.
Martin’s teachers have shaped him into the teacher he is today: one that strives to help his students and goes above and beyond to help them learn, He takes his personal experiences in life and puts them towards his own teaching. He knows the impact his teachers left on him and strives to do the same for his own students. He enjoys what he does and “naturally wants to do well for students”. Martin’s outgoing personality makes him a one of a kind teacher and a favorite among his students.