Substitute Teacher, Mr. Martel

Ian Carrillo and Ivan Ortiz

Most people don’t know the substitutes as they come and go for days. Like Mr.Martel, a substitute teacher for a chemistry class. Giving his experience and what led him to this day.

Octavio Santana, 10, said that Mr. Martel is a very quiet teacher the first time he went to his class.

“He was quiet around the class,” Santana said.

Santana said that he is good for a substitute and knew his brother.

“I knew his brother in Guillen and I see the similarities between them,’’ Santana said.

Santana said that he likes Mr.Martel.

“Yeah, I like him as a substitute teacher,” Santana said.

Santana said he wants him to substitute any of his class next year.

“Yes, I do want him to be a substitute, it’s the first time I ever really do like a substitute,” Santana said.

Santana said that he would recommend Mr. Martel to other students.

“Yes, I would recommend him to another students and to teach another class,” Santana said.

Diana Sandoval, 10, said Mr. Martel was a quiet guy.

“He seems like a really quiet guy,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval said that Mr.Martel is a good substitute.

“He is a good teacher,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval said she likes him as a substitute teacher.

“Yes, I do really feel like he’s my actual teacher, he nails his job as a substitute,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval said she wants him for any class that a substitute is needed.

“Yeah, I would prefer to have him over any other substitute,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval said she would recommend him to a friend if one of her friend asks her about him.

Victor Martel said that his past occupation was El Paso National Bank in the accounting department and then going multiple jobs to become a teacher in Guillen middle school.

“I had a part time job work for the El Paso National Bank in the accounting department. After receiving my diploma from the University of Texas, I went to work for Job Corps Center and I was a financial service director for 18 years. After that I was recruited by the El Paso Independent School District and my first assignment was at Guillen middle school,” Martel said.

Mr.Martel said he had something close to the youth with multiple professions that led him to become a teacher.

“I have always been involved with the youth and I was a part of the optimist and I have coached basketball and baseball,” Mr. Martel said.

Mr.Martel said that it is always exciting even to the moment of retirement.

“It was always exciting being involved in sports and teaching, it’s very exciting for me,” Mr.Martel said.

Mr.Martel said that teaching was one of his favorite things to do and wish he got it back so the first time they asked him he said yes.

Well I retired in 2015 and I miss teaching and being involved with the youth and I guess it has always been a part of my life, really enjoy teaching,” Mr.Martel said.

Mr.Martel said that he will always love teaching because of the past he has with the school.

“I always loved Bowie and there’s a special reason why I have a special place in my heart for Bowie. My wife is a Bowie graduate, and two of my brother in laws are also graduates,” Mr.Martel said.

Mr.Martel wants to add, “I want to thank you for choosing me part of your project and hope I answer all your questions,” Mr.Martel said.