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Inaugural Sarkisian Endowed Fellow Announced

Lily Terese Martin has been selected as the inaugural Steve & Stephanie Sarkisian Endowed Fellow. "I am deeply honored to be selected as the inaugural Sark fellow," says Martin. "I'm thankful to be a team member in a community of change, working towards the common goal of meaningful education for every student. I look forward to collaborating with the Sarkisian family and faculty members at the University of Washington, as well as learning from my fellow colleagues, and of course from my students the best teachers of all."


Last year, University of Washington head football coach Steve Sarkisian and his wife, Stephanie, made a gift of $100,000 to establish the Steve and Stephanie Sarkisian Endowed Fellowship in Education in the College of Education. The endowment provides financially support for aspiring teachers who demonstrate a commitment to public schools.

Most recently, Martin recently taught elementary students through IslandWood's Environment, Education and Community program. Her international teaching experience includes Bolivia, Indonesia, and South Korea.

"My goal as an educator is to meet each child where they are at and provide them with the tools to tell their story," explains Martin. "My love of international travel, teaching and nature has formed my passion for teaching ELL students in environmental education settings. As I plan to transition into a more traditional classroom setting in the Seattle area, teaching ELL students about environmental stewardship will keep me connected to a multicultural world while serving my home community."

Martin has an AA degree from Seattle Central Community College, a BA degree from The Evergreen State College, and a Graduate Certificate Program Degree from IslandWood.He has worked and volunteered in direct service settings from homeless shelters to special education classrooms.

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