- Assistant Professor of English
B.A. from Wichita State University
M.Ed. from Wichta State University
Prof. Ami Martinez graduated from Wichita State University in 1997 with a B.A. in English literature and earned her Master’s of Education in 2008, also from Wichita State. Prof. Martinez began teaching at McPherson College in the fall of 2012 after teaching in Kansas high schools for nine years. Prof. Martinez teaches Rhetoric 1 and 2 as well as public speaking and strives to create an engaging and active classroom experience for all her students. In 2013, she accepted a fellowship from The Coleman Foundation; as part of this fellowship, Prof. Martinez has worked to create unique, real-world writing experiences for her students in order to help them understand the change-making power of words.
“I teach with passion and compassion. As I prepare each lesson I consider not just what I want students to know, but also what I want them to be able to do. I believe one learns a skill by practicing that skill, and thus I aim for my classes to be as interactive as possible. Treating each student as an individual and meeting each student at his or her current skill level are central to my teaching philosophy. I know my students have great ideas, whether those ideas are about business, automotive restoration, biology, art, or any discipline; my job, I believe, is to support students in expressing those great ideas via the spoken and written word.”