RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Superintendent Pedro Martinez was honored with the first Somos Nevada 2012 Award at the annual Governor’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration on September 7. Martinez was selected by a hosting committee to receive the award, which showcases the work of Hispanic leaders in Nevada. The event was held at the governor’s mansion in Carson City.
“I am so proud to receive this recognition from such a dedicated and esteemed group of leaders,” said Martinez. “My family is privileged and happy to call Nevada home, and I look forward to many more years of working with all of our communities to improve our educational system and make this an even better place for children and families."
As deputy superintendent of schools in both Washoe County and Clark County, Martinez played a critical lead role in intervention efforts to identify and assist students who were in danger of dropping out of school.
In Washoe County, he also assumed major responsibility for implementing the strategic plan that guides the District in its mission to bring every child, by name and face, to graduation.
Martinez became superintendent of WCSD last month, joining thousands of education professionals to oversee the education of 63,000 students.
“Pedro Martinez’s work has made a lasting imprint on our state,” said Estela Gutierrez, member of the WCSD Board of Trustees and organizer of the Somos Nevada 2012 event. “Both Clark and Washoe counties have seen firsthand the impact Pedro has made on our educational system in the time he has been in Nevada. We know his efforts will help bring sustainable educational reform not only for our District,but for the entire state.”