Children always hear about history by books, parents and teachers while listening and reading. But Ms. Deborah Martinez has a new and better way to teach kids, even topping books. Ms. Martinez has retired from being a teacher at the Colorado State University (20 years) and LULAC Educational Center (8 years), but hasn't stopped helping kids learn all about the history of America. She is now currently a sixth interpreter and works at a museum. A sixth interpreter is someone who has read and studied not only one thing but everything there is to read and listen to a certain topic. "Yes, I absolutely love my job," Ms. Martinez says enthusiastically when asked. "I want to show people how it was for children your age long ago, and to bring a new face of history to kids." To teach young children about the people back then, she acts out the parts of Natives and Europeans doing their work while she tells the listeners how they lived.
After fifteen years of gathering information, Ms. Martinez decided to publish a book on everything she knew. She named her masterpiece, Trade on the Taos Mountain Trail. This book is a great learning experience for all kids because of its beautiful illustrations and photographs, and its interesting information that it holds. Kids all over the state have read it, and have seen her acting out and explaining the life of these children long ago, too. If you are in the range of fourth through eighth grade, you might want to check the book out at the library. You certainly don't want to miss this interesting and fact-filled history book! One of the many reasons that Ms. Martinez loves history is because she is a descendent of the Natives. Her great-grandfather lived in Mexico and married her great grandmother, who happened to be a Cheyenne Indian. After finding this out, Ms. Martinez tried to learn as much as possible about the Natives our country.
Ms. Martinez teaches kids history by acting the stories out. In this manner, children listen and learn more about the subject because visually seeing it helps them more then hearing a teacher or parent rant on about it. Kids are smarter with a picture in their mind than just having to learn it by sound and memory.
Ms. Martinez has a big cat who sometimes comes on trips with her across the country, though he doesn't like it much. She works at the El Pueblo History Museum, and always enjoys meeting people who are interested in our history.