Hello my name is Melania Martinez. I was born and raised in East Los Angeles. I graduated from Garfield High in 1990 and I am proud to be back as a teacher. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California State University, Los Angeles in 2000. I continued to attend Cal State L.A. for a teaching credential and received it in 2004. In 2009, I earned a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Language Arts. I started my teaching career at Southeast Middle School and taught ESL and English and I am now teaching at Garfield. I am happy to be back to teach literature at my alma mater.