Dr. Norma Martinez-Palmer has dedicated over 35 years serving students and families in Santa Clara County. She began her career in San José Unified (SJUSD) as a teacher and teacher leader providing professional development to classified staff, teachers, site and district administrators. She later served as Director of Bilingual Education and English Learner Programs, Director of Elementary Education and Director of Educational Equity.
Her contributions in SJUSD include the expansion of dual immersion programs at the elementary and secondary levels, supporting schools in Program Improvement and implementing the district’s equity policy. In 2013, she became the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Morgan Hill Unified leading the district in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards through the design of a multi-year professional development plan that included a focus on early literacy and teacher collaboration.
She has taught courses at San José State University and at California State University, East Bay in teacher education and school leadership. She is currently employed at the Santa Clara County Office of Education as the Director of Credentialing Programs preparing future teachers in Special Education and aspiring school administrators. Dr. Martinez-Palmer holds a master’s degree and doctorate in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco where she also completed a minor in Organizational Leadership. She is an experienced group facilitator and has worked for local school districts coaching school principals. Her passion is on improving teaching and learning in pursuit of a just, meaningful and relevant experience for all students and their families.