Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. John M. Martinez Jr.
John Martinez has served as the principal of Mackenzie Middle School in Lubbock ISD for 3½ years. Prior to joining Lubbock ISD, he served as a principal and college advisor for 8 years in Abilene ISD. He was appointed as the founding principal of the Academy of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science (ATEMS) in 2009 while serving in Abilene ISD. He also served as a teacher, coach, and assistant principal in Merkel ISD where he began his career in education in 2001.
Before entering his career as an educator, he spent 6 years working for the US Postal Service and 4 years in the US Air Force stationed at Dyess Air Force Base serving as a C-130 Loadmaster from 1991-1994.
Mr. Martinez has been married to Gina Martinez for 25 years and together they have four children. Houston recently graduated from Princeton University in June 2018. Isaiah is a freshman student at Yale University. Blaise is a 6th grader at Hutchinson Middle School, and their youngest son, Rocco, is entering 2nd grade at Roscoe Wilson Elementary, as well.