Principal Raquel Martinez of Pasco is Named First Latina President of NASSP

Julie Woods, Member Services Specialist, AWSP
Feb 13, 2023


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AWSP’s very own Raquel Martinez, principal of Isaac Stevens Middle School in Pasco, has been named the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ (NASSP) new president-elect. Martinez has served on the NASSP Board of Directors as part of the Advocacy and Governance Committees. She is the first Latina president of NASSP.

Martinez’s background and upbringing have helped her succeed as a principal leading a school of just over 95% Hispanic students (Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction). In an article from EdWeek by Denisa R. Superville, Martinez is described as one who “hopes that seeing someone with a similar background in such a visible role will help students set high expectations for themselves.” 

NASSP is thrilled to welcome Martinez to the position of President-Elect. According to NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe, in their press release, Martinez “has the experience, character, and passion needed to advocate for an equitable system that works for all students and educators.”

When asked about finding someone to serve on the national board from our state, Dr. Scott Seaman, Executive Director of the Association of Washington School Principals, said that was an easy decision. “Diversity aside, her reputation in the region as a tremendous student-centered leader and tireless advocate for creating a hope-filled school is why I approached Raquel,” Seaman said. Five years later, she “still leads with humility” and is a “true blessing” to education.

Congratulations, Raquel! We are so proud of you.

Read more at:

 Tri-City Herald: First Latina Selected to Lead National Principals Group

EdWeek Article: First Latina Selected to Lead National Principals Group

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