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Ms. Norma E. Martinez has been serving as superintendent of the Centralia School District since 2015. Ms. Martinez has worked in education 32 years, beginning as a bilingual instructional assistant, teacher, resource teacher, master teacher, vice principal, principal, executive director, assistant superintendent, and now, proud superintendent of the very successful Centralia Elementary School District.
Ms. Martinez leads by example encouraging all personnel to focus their energies on sustaining a safe, nurturing learning community that works positively to promote success for all students. Through her leadership, Centralia School District schools are recognized as award-winning, earning a National Blue Ribbon award, California Distinguished School awards, Title I Academic Achievement awards, California PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) awards, CBEE Star Schools, Scholar Schools and CA Civic Engagement awards, as well as a CSBA Golden Bell Award for our Neighborhood Resource Center which provides support to families in need.
Ms. Martinez was born in Mexico and raised in Anaheim, CA. She graduated from Anaheim High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in child development from Cal State Fullerton. She holds a master’s degree in school administration from National University and a bilingual, multiple-subject teaching credential and a credential in school administration.
Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Martinez has been a keynote speaker or panelist at various education events. In recognition of her community service, Ms. Martinez was awarded the Rotarian Leadership Award by Rotary District 5320 for "Service above Self” and the Paul Harris Fellow Award. She received the "Leaders in Oral Heath" Community Award by Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County and the Buena Park Soroptimists "Integrity of Profession" Award. She was selected as a "Woman of Distinction" by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva in 2018 and received the 2020 Hispanic Woman of the Year by Santa Ana LULAC # 147. In addition, Ms. Martinez serves on the Anaheim Police Chief’s Advisory Board. She is a member of the Buena Park Rotary Club, the Centralia Education Foundation, the Centralia Community Collaborative, CSUF College of Education Advisory Committee and the Buena Park Education Committee.
Ms. Martinez is passionate about the importance of education to educate the whole child, providing rigorous opportunities for learning, preparing students with global competencies to enable their future success in an evolving world.
Updated September 2021