Norma E. Martinez

Leading with Trust and Confidence through Complex Times

    (Co-presenters – Leading with Trust and Confidence through Complex Times Stacy Chang, Ed.D.)

    Ms. Norma E. Martinez  began her tenure as Superintendent of the Centralia Elementary School District (CESD) on July 1, 2015. Prior, Ms. Martinez served as Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, overseeing both Pupil Services and Special Education in the district. Ms. Martinez began her educational career as a paraprofessional while pursuing her bachelor’s degree. Her career exemplifies extensive classroom and leadership experience, beginning as a bilingual teacher in Whittier City School District, then serving as a mentor and master teacher, vice principal and principal in Anaheim City School District prior to beginning her time in CESD as a school principal in 2010.

    Ms. Martinez is a graduate of Anaheim High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in child development from California State University, Fullerton. She holds a master’s degree in school administration from National University. She also holds a bilingual, multiple subject teaching credential and a credential in school administration. Ms. Martinez is a lifelong learner and has attended various Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Academies, including the Superintendents’ Academy.

    Ms. Martinez is honored to represent the Board of Trustees in a collective manner to seek the best ways to maintain a learning framework that elevates CESD to be a high performing district that continues to evolve and provide a world-class education to students, particularly through the challenges of the pandemic. Among her many honors and awards are:

    – 2021 Maureen DiMarco Superintendent Award by OC School Board Association
    – 2020 Hispanic Woman of the Year Award by Santa Ana LULAC # 147
    – 2018 Woman of Distinction- Assembly District 65 by Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva
    – 2017 Integrity of Profession Award by Soroptimist International of Buena Park
    – 2016 Leaders in Oral Health by OC Healthy Smiles Organization

    Her leadership style is centered on the concepts of Cultivating Relationships, Communicating the Vision, Creating Opportunities and Celebrating Success. Ms. Martinez engages with multiple stakeholders both within and outside the organization to promote lasting partnerships that will build on success for students.