Maria Gaytan-Martinez High School Special Education Teacher /

Ms. Gaytan was born in Mexico and raised in Waukegan, Illinois. She graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Government and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Education at Alverno College. She is proud to be a Teach for America 2019 Corps member and feels blessed to have the opportunity to work alongside passionate educators who believe in the abilities of all children and their potential to succeed. 

Through past experiences, Ms. Gaytan discovered her passion for working with youth. During a couple of summers in college, she worked as a camp counselor for children with severe disabilities where she provided individualized support for her campers. She also volunteered as an English language tutor for immigrant children in the DC area where she experienced the true joy of seeing her students gain immediate confidence after mastering an English word or phrase. 

Ms. Gaytan was the first in her family to graduate from college and, for that reason, holds a strong belief in the importance of education. When Ms. Gaytan was in high school, she realized the important role that teachers have in pushing their students to become their best selves, even when the student feels that the odds may be against them. If it wasn’t for one of her high school teachers telling her to apply to Georgetown, she would not have believed in herself or her ability to pursue a university education.  She hopes to foster this type of confidence within her own students by helping them see their own unique talents and abilities.

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