Dr. Sylvia A. Martínez has been an educator for 34 years, 23 years as a teacher and 9 years in administration. She earned a Master's and BA degree from ENMU (with endorsements in Bilingual Education and TESOL) and her doctorate from Kansas State University in 2007. The past 6 years she has served as a principal of La Casita Elementary in Clovis, NM. She is proud to see how bilingual education has evolved in the last 30 years. The tireless advocacy from New Mexico educators to ensure that students learned a second language and/or kept their native language has always given her great pride and satisfaction in being part of this movement. Sylvia currently lives in Portales with her husband, Carlos Anaya, who is also an educator and advocate for bilingual education.