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Extraordinary Educator: Nicole Martorano

Great communities have great schools. High Point Schools Partnership creates impactful connections between our schools and the wider community to ensure students and their families are supported and can reach their full potential in High Point schools.

Part of High Point Schools Partnerships’ mission is to improve the image of our schools through storytelling. Who better to tell the stories of High Point’s schools than the people experiencing it first-hand? In this series of articles, we will highlight our 2022 High Point Extraordinary Educators as we dive deeper into what keeps them motivated in the face of constant challenges.

2022 Extraordinary Educator: Nicole Martorano

Nicole Martorano started her teaching career at Triangle Lake Montessori 5 years ago. She has loved being able to merge the Montessori philosophy with the curriculum to give students the best educational experience possible. 

Dr. Pamela L. Ford, the principal of Triangle Lake Montessori, describes Ms. Martorano as “a leader within the school and is well respected by administration, colleagues, and students.”

According to Dr.Ford, Ms. Martorano “brings a joyful spirit to our school community, with her grace and courtesy being in the forefront in everything she does.”

Ms. Martorano wants her students to know “I love you guys! Never stop learning. The world has knowledge that extends beyond the classroom.”

Q: What inspired you to become an educator?

A: As a child, I always looked up to my teachers. I have also always enjoyed working with kids. The moment I knew I wanted to be a teacher was during my first education course at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. They put us in an elementary classroom immediately and from that moment on, I continued to study elementary education. 

Q: What’s your teaching/leadership style?

A: My teaching style is based on modeling and encouraging independence. The joy a student feels when they can do something by themselves is amazing to see. Building strong bonds at the beginning of the year is essential to a successful year.  My students see learning as a lifelong opportunity, not just something they do at school.

Q: Do you have a classroom motto or philosophy you abide by? Why?

A: My mottos change depending on the group of students I have each year. A lot of the time, they involve confidence, trying new things, and never giving up. 

Q: What’s your favorite part about every day?

A: The best part about every day is seeing the students walk down the hallway every morning when they arrive. They are so excited, greeting all of the teachers in the hall, and ready to get the day started. 

Q: What’s your most memorable moment as an educator?

A: I have many memorable moments. Being recognized as the rookie teacher of the year after my first year of teaching was very inspiring and memorable. Now 5 years later, I am recognized as the teacher of the year for my school and nominated as an extraordinary educator. 

Ms. Martorano is just one of High Point’s 2022 Extraordinary Educators. Tune in for the next few weeks to hear more stories and inspiring moments from our local teachers!

Thank you so much to Nicole Martorano for your dedication to High Point’s students. Congratulations on being selected as your school’s 2022 Extraordinary Educator!

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Article written by High Point Schools Partnership Staff