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Suzanne Martinez


School of Advanced Professional Programs
NBCT - National Board Certified Teacher - Career and Technical Education
Instructor and Program Coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction Program

Programs/Classes Taught:

CIC - Instructional Decision Making
CIC - Seminar in Educational Inquiries
CIC - Curriculum Design and Evaluation
CIC - Curriculum and Instruction: Theories, Foundations and Contexts
CIC - Curriculum and Instruction: Applications and Analysis
CIC - Independent studies in Curriculum and Instruction
CIL - Multicultural Education
EPS - Human Development and Learning
EPS - Group Theory and Classroom Applications
ESR - Action Research: Purposes, Assumptions and Practice
ESR - Action Research: Contextualizing and Analyzing
ESR - Research in Action: Becoming Practitioner Researchers
ESR - Action Research: Interpreting and Sharing
FND - Educational Foundations
TLA - Overview of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and Planning for Related Activities
TLA - Preparation of Entries for National Board For Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
TLA - Portfolio Entries and Assessment Center Preparation for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

Areas of Expertise:

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification and renewal edTPA Technology Integration in Classroom Practice Practitioner Research (Action Research) Curriculum Design and Implementation Classroom Management


Married, two adult children, grandmother :-). Began work in education with the forerunner of Teacher Corps in 1969 and situated in the Pilsen Community in Chicago. Remained there for twelve years after graduation until recruited to be come the first full time educator for instructional technology at the opening of the Maria Saucedo Math and Computer Magnet School in Little Village, Chicago. The recruited to work with at risk vocational students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high schools. Worked at the Central Office in Department of Vocational and Technical Services of CPS for five years before leaving that position to work in the Garfield Ridge community of Chicago in the area of instructional technology. Golden Apple Finalist, Kohl Foundation finalist in early childhood education, DRIVE Award finalist, and thirteen year participant in the TECH 2000 exhibit in Springfield Capitol. Began as an adjunct for National Louis University in 2004, retired from CPS in 2006 and began full time faculty work at NLU in February of 2007. Currently serve on the NLU Governance Committee, chair the NCE Constitution Committee and serve as a member of the NCE Assessment Committee. Also served on the Adjunct Life Cycle subcommittee on evaluation of adjuncts.


Doctoral candidate at National Louis University (need to complete dissertation) Extensive coursework in technology integration, school business management, and curriculum design and implementation EdM from University of Illinois Champaign Urbana BA from University of Illinois at Chicago with focus on Urban Education Spend more than 35 years teaching in Chicago Public Schools (a real source of education) - literacy and instructional technology

Research and Interests:

Practitioner Research All matters pertaining to National Board for Professional Teaching Standards - certification and renewal Integration of technology into curriculum edTPA as a form of performance assessment

Contact Information:

Suzanne Martinez
Office:  630-874-4520  
Cell: 708-203-6669


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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