Mrs. Helen Balilo
Quantico | February 23, 2018
It is my great pleasure to announce that Mrs. Theresa Martin from Quantico Middle High School has been named the 2019 Mid-Atlantic District Teacher of the Year.
Theresa Martin is a military spouse, mother to a DoDEA graduate, and has been a teacher for nineteen years. She arrived at her latest teaching assignment in Quantico, Virginia in 2013. Mrs. Martin has a unique perspective and understanding of the students and parents she serves because of her military connected background. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She currently teaches Advanced Placement American Government, Model United Nations, and Honors Global Studies. Mrs. Martin established the Model United Nations (MUN) Program at Quantico Middle High School which is now in its fourth year. The MUN Club students compete on the East Coast of the United States and have been recognized for excellence. She is a teacher mentor, National Honors Society Sponsor, and Senior Sponsor.
Before moving to Quantico, Mrs. Martin taught at Vicenza High School. During her time at Vicenza HS she served as the CSI and Social Studies Department Chairperson, Model United Nations and Mock US Senate Sponsor. The students recognized her efforts to promote student leadership opportunities at Vicenza HS and submitted a video to CNN Student News, which was featured on Teacher Appreciation Week in 2012.
Mrs. Martin’s determination and heart are the result of her first teaching assignment in a Title I School in Hoke County, North Carolina. The school had many challenges and obstacles and a high teacher turnover rate. She worked there 10 years and in that time she became the Social Studies Department Chairperson, Teacher Mentor, and helped establish more Advanced Placement Classes for students. While serving as the CSI Chairperson she was awarded a $300,000 Comprehensive School Reform Grant.
Throughout her career Mrs. Martin has been a highly respected teacher leader and advocate for student success. We are honored to have her represent the Mid-Atlantic District as the 2019 Teacher of the Year.