Tatjana Martinez, who was born in Cuban attended a private Catholic school for girls in Miami and the University of Miami. She wanted to be a teacher and an attorney. At the University of Miami, she earned a BS in History and Political Science, a MS degree in School Counseling, and a MS in Administration and Supervision. Certified in the State of Florida as Social Studies teacher, a K-12 Counselor, and in Administration and Supervision.
Tatjana began as an ESOL teacher with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools where she also taught Bilingual Social Studies, was a counselor, and an assistant principal at the Shenandoah Middle School. Later she moved to central administration as a project manager for federal programs and culminated the first nineteen years as Director of Non-Instructional Staffing with MDCP. She went on to pursue her second love and earned a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Widener University School of Law and returned to MDCPS with a J. D. to become one of three labor negotiators and lobbyists. Tallahassee, Florida became her second home when she became General Counsel for the Florida School Board’s Association. Upon her return to Miami, she went into private practice as a consultant, attorney and mediator for emerging public-private school partnerships.
Eight years ago, she joined the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education as a professor on special legal assignment. She has taught Advanced School Law and Conflict Resolution in the EdD program in Education/Leadership in English and Spanish; and Social Studies, Sociology and American Government in the MS in Education degree program. She continues to offer legal services to the Dean at FCE, has co-published a book chapter and presented at NAESP, USDLA and state conferences. She is now an Associate Professor working on becoming full professor before she retires.