Spanish teacher ready for new challenges

Gavin Laielli – Mustangs Ahead

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LRHS Spanish teacher Lillian Martinez is retiring after 31 years in the classroom.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As the end of the school year approaches, that means changes for the LRHS staff.

Spanish teacher Lillian Martinez has been instructing at LRHS for 17 years and has been in the district for 31. Her love for teaching has left a positive impact on the community and has caused many past students to reach out long after their high school career.

Martinez said, “Over the years I have shared many memories with students. Field trips to Ybor City, as well as cultural projects are some of my fondest memories that have left the biggest impact on me.”

She enjoys receiving emails from past students who have matured and started a family as well.

Although Martinez has taught many courses in the past including AP Spanish, she is currently teaching Spanish 2 and Spanish 4 this year.

Martinez has been to 34 countries and four continents. When asked about retirement, she plans to continue to travel the world with the main goal of climbing Indonesia’s Temple of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world.

Junior Faith Ross is a former student of Martinez.

“Martinez teaches a challenging class,” she said.  “However, she always makes us laugh and provides us with necessary life skills that can help us in foreign countries.”

Martinez concluded, “The kids kept me motivated to keep teaching, but I will always enjoy making kids smile and will miss the classroom environment.”

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