• Welcome to Kindergarten! 

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    Hello! My name is Mikaela Martinez and I am thrilled to be the kindergarten teacher at Northwest Expedition Academy! Kindergarten is such a foundational year and I can't wait to get to know your child. 

    I was raised in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho from elementary school on and am passionate about our community and instilling a sense of pride and service to our community in my students. Growing up I was very involved in competitive dance, primarily ballet, and once I graduated high school I went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. I returned to North Idaho where I began teaching dance full time, and also began attending Lewis-Clark State College to pursue my elementary teaching certificate. I am so glad my teaching journey has lead me to such an incredible school community! 

    When I am not teaching I am spending time with my husband Mario and our three dogs! Pictured above you see Franklin, our dalmatian, who is a complete nut! Then there is the little guy, Napoleon, who is a miniature dachshund and thinks he is the size of Franklin! Also, last summer we rescued a senior dog, a dachshund also, and added him to our family. We don't know what his name was, but we call him Buddy. He is excited to meet your kiddos as a therapy dog on Weiner Dog Wednesdays!!! He is very friendly, toothless, and just wants someone to pet him while he lays in the sun! 

    Mario and I enjoy stand up comedy, music, art, classic cars, collecting midcentury furniture, and spending time with our friends and family. We are thrilled to be welcoming our first child this January!