Expansion & Growth
IDEA Names Ana Martinez Executive Director, IDEA Public Schools Tarrant County
Ana Martinez, a nationally respected leader in education, has been named Executive Director of IDEA Public Schools’ newest region in Tarrant County, Texas. Ana is poised to lead IDEA in the Tarrant County community as the organization lays groundwork for establishing schools in the fall of 2019.
About Ana Martinez
Ana has a wealth of experience as an educational leader and educator for 15 years. She most recently served as Executive Director of Midwest Regional Programs at New Leaders with New Schools, where she worked with school systems nationwide, creating successful program design and leadership development from teachers to principal supervisors, managed regional program implementation and student achievement, and served more than 100 school leaders at multiple schools throughout Chicago.
Ana’s specialization in developing underprivileged school districts and transformational school leaders made her a great fit for IDEA Public Schools, a public charter network known for preparing all students to successfully matriculate to and through college.
Before becoming the Executive Director of Midwest Regional Programs, Ana served as Founding Principal of Rowe Elementary School, a Tier 1+ public charter school in Chicago aimed at ensuring all scholars are set up for college, careers, and citizenship. At Rowe, she was the primary architect for programming design and growth and ensured the school scaled to serve more than 1,000 scholars in kindergarten through 8th grade across two facilities.
Ana also served as a Regional Director of Talent Recruitment for Teach For America (TFA), the same organization that brought IDEA founders Tom Torkelson and JoAnn Gama to the Rio Grande Valley, where they founded IDEA Public Schools in 2000. Ana led talent recruitment on behalf of the TFA National Human Assets team for its Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Las Vegas regions.
Before her time as a Regional Director of Talent Recruitment, Ana also spent four years in the classroom as a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher in Los Angeles, California, where she taught all core lessons in both Spanish and English.
The Future is Bright for IDEA Tarrant County
In December 2016, the IDEA Public Schools Board granted approval for IDEA Public Schools to begin expansion to Tarrant County, with plans to open schools in the community for the 2019-2020 school year. By 2022, IDEA will operate 173 schools in ten regions educating a hundred thousand students on their road to and through college.
In the exploration of new regions for IDEA Public Schools, Tarrant County made a large impression as achievement and income disparities are starkly present—thousands of students are in need of a high-quality education, and members of the community want more high-quality educational options for their children. In Tarrant County, only one in five high school students graduate ready to succeed in college.
Ana is ready to engage with the Tarrant County community, find and develop school sites, and recruit top-notch principals and educators for future IDEA Tarrant County schools. She looks forward to developing community relationships and partnerships that will enable IDEA to effectively provide a high-quality education to students in Tarrant County as they progress along the road to and through college.
Interested in learning more about IDEA Tarrant County? You can learn more here.