Notable Women in Education: Shaba Martinez

Instructional Technology and Innovation Specialist / United Community Center

  • Category: Notable Women in Education
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 11
  • Undergrad degree/university: University of Wisconsin - Madison: B.S. in Elementary Education Certification with Spanish Minor
  • Graduate degree/university: M.A. School Leadership & Administration from Alverno College and M.S. in Information Technology and Libraries from UW Whitewater

Last updated on July 20th, 2021 at 10:18 am

Shaba Martinez, instructional technology and innovation specialist at the United Community Center, has abundantly demonstrated her commitment to a successful school, according to Laura Gutierrez, executive director of UCC.

“Having classroom experience and knowing the impact library media centers and technology can have on classroom instruction has been key to her success,” Gutierrez said. “The most impressive example became evident this school year.” 

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, education leaders needed to adapt to non-traditional learning for students to continue their progress and not miss out on critical learning years. 

“Shaba single-handedly managed all learning structures for the United Community Center schools to offer a hybrid platform of learning,” Gutierrez said.

This involved collaboration to purchase equipment such as Chromebooks for students, provide stable internet access for students’ homes, and offer engaging instruction by teachers. Martinez also handled communication to parents regarding the learning platforms, safety plan and arrival/dismissal procedures. 

Sign up for BizTimes Daily Alerts

Stay up-to-date on the people, companies and issues that impact business in Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin