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Her salary has grown from $3,600, the beginning teacher pay in Nike Vapormax Youth
"She's a bridge between segregation and integration," said longtime friend Virginia Burrell, a first grade teacher at Dillard Elementary. "She's the bridge between the way we used to do things and the way we do them now. She's a wealth of information, and that's why people won't let her go."
"I wake up every day, knowing I have a job I enjoy," she said. "I have not gotten burned out."
Through FAMU's concert choir, Martin connected with a woman who would bring her to Broward County and become one of her greatest mentors, Blanche Ely. The late educator was so popular and influential that Pompano Beach Negro High School was renamed in her honor while she was still principal.
A trained operatic vocalist, Martin often leads students in song to teach messages about Nike Vapormax Womens Burgundy
The 5 foot grandmother has the energy and appearance of someone much younger than her 81 years. "The children keep the wrinkles away," she said.
self confidence, character education and anti bullying.
Her musical voice has been one of her greatest assets in life. She grew up in Jacksonville, the third of seven children. When she was a child, her mother sent her for vocal lessons. She earned a full music scholarship to Florida A University in Tallahassee.
six decades as a Broward County educator.
1955, to a veteran teacher's salary of $79,000 today, plus a pension she receives for having retired once already.
"Mrs. Martin will not retire. Every time she tries. I say, 'Give me one more year,'" Dillard Elementary Principal Angela Brown said in front of Superintendent Robert Runcie, nine School Board members and a packed audience. "So Mrs. Martin, will you give me one more year?"
Ely attended a FAMU choir performance in 1954. She was impressed by Martin's solos of "Un Bel Dee" ("One Beautiful Day") from Madame Butterfly and "Love Is Where You Find It," a popular song at the time.
She's a fixture at Dillard, walking around with a colorful wrap in her hair, greeting children with a hug and a cheery "Good morning."
She said Runcie also convinced her that "60 sounds nicer than 59."
"Children can tell by your body language if you want to be bothered," she said. "They thrive on the nurturing and caring."
But her recognition for being Broward County's Nike Air Vapormax Tn Plus longest serving teacher at 59 years came with an unexpected request.
"I was thinking 'You've got to be kidding,'" Martin said. "But how could I embarrass my principal in front of all those people?"
Most of her tenure has been at three schools: 15 years as a music teacher at the all black Blanche Ely High in Pompano Beach during segregation days, 19 years as an assistant principal at South Plantation High and the past 16 at Dillard Elementary in Fort Lauderdale, where she's the guidance counselor.
Laura Martin arrived for a School Board meeting in May, ready to be honored as she retired after nearly Nike Air Vapormax X Off-white
So Martin, who has taught through segregation, Civil Rights, forced busing, an immigration surge, 14 superintendents and numerous state accountability plans, will be back Monday for her 60th and possibly last first day of school.
Broward educator starts 60th year with county school district
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