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Santa Ana
Unified School District
Peter Richardson, Principal
939 West Wilshire Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Phone: 714.480.8000
Fax: 714.480.8099

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  • Pastors Serve as Principals for a Day

    Pastor Kim and Associate Pastor Cho from Canaan Presbyterian served as principals for the day of March 21, 2014. They visited classrooms, supervised students at recess, and toured our campus. We appreciate our wonderful neighbors who worship at their church across the street from Martin, and we thank them for their support of our students and their families.

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  • St. Mark Guest Readers Visit Martin

    Guest readers from St. Mark Presbyterian visited Martin on March 3rd to read to students in honor of "Read Across America Week." We really appreciate our community partners who serve to enrich our lives at Martin. Thank you readers!

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  • Mrs. Pappas Recognized as Martin Teacher of the Year

    Mrs. Pappas is pictured with her 4th grade students after it was announced that she is the Martin Elementary Teacher of the Year! We congratulate Mrs. Pappas and applaud her dedication, skill and accomplishments!

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  • 5th Graders Go To Outdoor Science School

    Martin 5th graders attended a 4 day camp in the San Bernardino Mountains where they got to learn about ecology, geology, conservation, and other topics, in the great outdoors. It was cold, snowy, and fun! We thank our students' parents, community members, and two of our community partners, St. Mark Presbyterian and New Canaan Presbyterian, all of whom worked together to raise funds and give our students this exciting experience.

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  • Analyze It. Claim It. Prove It.

    In order to help students think more deeply and reach the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards, Martin teachers ask students to analyze topics of study, make claims about what each student has learned, and then provide evidence to support their claims. The academic conversations that students are having in classrooms are showing that this is an engaging, demanding, and FUN way to learn! Posters in every classroom at Martin remind students to "Analyze It. Claim It. Prove It.".

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  • "The Martin Way"

    Beginning on the first day of school, teachers taught students lessons on how things are done at Martin, "The Martin Way." These lessons included how to be respectful, responsible and safe on different parts of the campus. Students who are found acting in respectful, responsible and/or safe ways are given a "Flyer Ticket" to take home to show their parents as proof that they know how to do things "The Martin Way."

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  • Glenn L. Martin

    Who was Glenn L. Martin and how did he affect aviation today?

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Principal's Message

Principal:  Peter Richardson

Welcome to Glenn L. Martin Elementary School. As the principal at Martin, my goal is to work with our school community to provide a quality education for all students, while setting high expectations, and creating a caring community for all students and families. At Martin, we truly believe that ALL Martin students CAN and WILL learn. During the 2013-14 school year, our focus is twofold:
   1) Provide a safe, nurturing learning environment for all of our students. The "Martin Way" is to be respectful, responsible, and safe! We are practicing the skills of good citizenship.
   2) Prepare every student for college and career by helping them develop their English language skills within the context of reading, writing, math, science, social studies and physical education. We are teaching our students to reach the high Common Core State Standards this year and in years to come. Our theme for the year is "Analyze it. Claim it. Prove it.", which speaks to our need to think deeply about topics and find evidence to support our claims about all of our topics of study.
 Our motto, adopted in 2007,  is a quote from a former teacher, Marilyn Powell Berns, “Go Forth and Achieve.“ She is a teacher and friend who had high expectations for herself, her students, her friends and her family. We want all Martin students to “Go Forth and Achieve” in college, career, and personal life. We work toward this motto by providing quality, standards-based, grade-level instruction to all students. 


 I am extremely privileged to serve at Martin. Our staff, students, families, and community at Martin make this school a special place. Our staff members are caring, hard working and want each child to succeed . Our parents are very supportive and actively help with many activities throughout the school. By working together we will make a difference in the lives of each and every student who walks through our doors. Every student will learn; every student will grow; every student will work to move up to "the next level" individually as we collectively work to improve each year as a school.
 I want to thank our business partners and district office personnel for their assistance and guidance. Our business partners include: St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, Orange Canaan Presbyterian Church, Educators’ Publishing Service, De Aquellas Car Club, Healthy Tomorrows, La Cigueña, Pronto Pizza, MIND Institute, Think Together, Kinder Readiness Programs and University of California, Irvine.
Thank you to all of our students, their parents, and our Martin staff. We all work together to make Martin a wonderful place to learn and grow!

School Pride

Glenn L. Martin Elementary

History of Name

A Short Biography on Glenn L. Martin
"The way to build aircraft or anything else worthwhile is to think out quietly every detail, analyze every situation that may possibly occur, and, when you have it all worked out in practical sequence in your mind, raise heaven and earth and never stop until you have produced the thing you have started to make."

- Glenn L. Martin (1918)

Glenn L. Martin( January 17, 1886- December 15, 1955) was an pioneer in aviation who started the Glenn L. Martin Company. Glenn L. Martin was the third American to design, build, and fly his own plane. He is arguably the father of the modern aircraft manufacturing industry in the United States, having employed many of the early aviation pioneers who would go on to start other major aircraft companies.
Glenn L. Martin was a young businessman in Santa Ana, California who taught himself to fly in 1909 and 1910. He did not have the technical background so he built his first airplanes with auto mechanics in an empty church building that he rented. He made his first successful flight in 1909. By 1912, he became an airplane manufacturer. He trained talented engineers and managers who later became airplane manufacturers themselves including William Boeing, Donald Douglas, Lawrence Bell, and James S. McDonnell. Martin built legendary aircraft such as the B-10 bomber, China Clipper, B-26, P5M Marlin, Mars, B-57 Canberra, 404 airliner, and P6M SeaMaster. Planes he manufactured called the " Martin Bombers" were used during World War II.
The Glenn L. Martin Company produced over 80 different types of aircraft totaling more than 11,000 planes, including Boeing B-29s and the Martin Water Bombers which were recently used to put out fires in Southern California. The company then ventured into missiles, space and electronics and, since the Lockheed merger in 1995, has now established itself again as a prominent aircraft manufacturer.

Date Built and/or Occupied


New Building est. 2010

School Mascot

Martin Flyers
Awards & Honors

1998 California Distinguished School
2006 Golden Bell Award for Physical Fitness Pentathalon
2010 Top Ten Most Improved Schools in Orange County

2010 SAUSD District Parent of the Year

Famous People Who Have Attended

Fransisco Villalobos, Reporter for Univision
Written by 5th grade students Zoe Morrison and Monzerrath Duran
An Amazing Visit from a Martin Alumnus
     Have you ever had a famous reporter visit your class?  We, the scholars in Ms. Westergard's 5th grade class, had that happen to us on Friday, February 1, 2011.  Francisco Villalobos, who is a former Martin student from 1985, is now a reporter for CNN and Televisa.  Some of the things he does are interview famous people and report on events that have happened in the world.  He has been in scary and dangerous situations, and has met many celebrities.
     As a boy, Mr. Villalobos lived with his mother in Mexico City.  He was very grateful, joyous, and lucky with what he had.  He had a big house and was getting a good education.  Sadly, his msother died from cancer and he had to go to live with his father in Santa Ana.  On the first day of school, he came to Martin in a taxi, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase!  His schooling here was excellent, because he learned a lot of English, more than he knew when he came.  He went to Carr for middle school, Saddleback for high school,  and on to USC for college.  His dream was to become a pilot, but unfortunately he had the disease epilepsy and he could not fulfill  his dream.  So he decided to try to become a reporter for television and radio.  After much  hard work, he finally accomplished this and became a reporter for Televisa, and then for CNN.
     "Cisco", as he told us to call him, lives in Texas.  His job as a news and sports reporter has taken  him many places around the world, and he has met numerous famous people.  Some of the evens he has covered are the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, 9/11, the earthquake in Mexico, Hurricane Katrina, and the border problems between Mexico and California.  Some people he has interviewed have been Kobe Bryant, David Beckham, Chicarito, and Barack Obama!  One of the most important interviews he has done was with Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.  This interview was only Armstrong's 2nd interview since his moonwalk in 1968!  Cisco is very proud of that accomplishment.
     Our class learned many important life lessons from Cisco's story.  Some lessons we learned were that you are very blessed and lucky about what you have in life. For example, if you have a house and food, feel lucky because some people do not have even that.  Someone always has it worse than you.  Moreover, remember where ever you come from, you can accomplish your dreams.  Just don't give up, and be grateful for what you have.  It's not always about luck. It's about how hard you work to accomplish your goals and dreams.  Thank you for coming to our class, Mr. Villalobos! We really appreciate it!!

Go Forth
Retired Teacher at Martin Marilyn Powell-Berns,
Sister of Colin Powell

Marilyn Powell Berns was born in New York City on September 1, 1931.  Her parents, Luther and Maude Ariel Powell were Jamaican immigrants who came to the United States in the 1920s seeking a better life. 


Marilyn and her brother Colin were raised in the Bronx section of New York. She attended public schools and graduated as a certified teacher from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1953.  It was in Buffalo that she met Norman C. Berns, her husband and partner in life of almost 53 years.  Their marriage was blessed with two children Lisa and Leslie.


Marilyn began her teaching career in Buffalo and taught for 15 years before the family moved to Orange County, California in 1978.  They eventually settled I Lake Forest, California where they lived for over 27 years. Marilyn continued her teaching career in Los Angeles and at Glenn L. Martin Elementary School in Santa Ana, where she was a respected and beloved teacher for over 10 years.  She retired from teaching in 1995.


Marilyn was very active in community affairs.  She was a member of the American Association of University Women and a founding member f the coalition of 100 Black Women of Orange County.  She served as a member of and keynote speaker for the Guilds of the Orange County Performing Art Center and was a chairwoman of its Madame Helena Modjeska chapter.  She also served on the Board of Governors Philanthropic Foundation for California University at Fullerton.  In 2005, she received the Southern Orange County Alumnae Pan Hellenic Athena Award for community service.


Matriarch to the family and friend to so many world wide, Marilyn’s warm smile, quick laugh and optimism inspired everyone.  For her friends, were like family, a source of joy and constant delight. Marilyn lived her life t the fullest.  Her thoughtful spirit was known by all.


Marilyn passed away on July 22, 2005 but her memory will be kept alive in our hearts.  Marilyn is survived by her treasured husband, Norm, daughters Lisa Berns ad Leslie Berns Richman, son- in law, Adam Richman, grandchildren, Camille and Graham, her brother Colin L. Powell, a tightly knit extended family and so many dear friends, all of whom were blessed by her love.


On November 15, 2007, we will honor Marilyn Powell Berns through the dedication of the Glenn L. Martin Elementary School Library and Media Center. We celebrate her love and inspiration of reading and the joy she brought to so many hearts. Marilyn touched so many lives during hr lifetime and now she will continue to touch lives here at our school and in our community.

Local Hero
David Valentin, SAUSD School Police Chief

David Valentin was selected Chief of Police for the Santa Ana Unified School District in May 2009. Chief Valentin has twenty years of experience with the City of Santa Ana Police Department. He most recently served as a Santa Ana Police Commander – a position in which he gained formal experience as Acting Deputy Chief of the Administration Bureau and Human Resources Division Commander. Other assignments over the course of his career include Police Lieutenant in Field Operations and Westend Division Commander; Chairman of the Shooting Review Board; Commander of the Equestrian (Mounted Patrol) Unit; Police Sergeant in patrol and Professional Standards (Internal Affairs); Police Corporal where he led an investigative section in the Crimes Against Persons Division (Child Abuse/Molest & Child Homicide Section); and Gang Detail Investigator. In the earlier part of his career, he also served as a School Resource Officer under the jurisdiction of the Santa Ana Police Department for both Century and Santa Ana High School, after working as a patrol officer.

Chief Valentin received both an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies in 1990 and an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Santa Ana College in 1992, where he was honored in 2008 with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Community College League of California. Chief Valentin was one of only five in California to receive the award, which honors individuals who are "accomplished professionals and contributing citizens of their communities." Chief Valentin was also inducted into the Santa Ana College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2008, in recognition of his "documented distinction and achievement through professional and/or personal efforts since leaving Santa Ana College." In 2010, Chief Valentin was selected to the "Latino OC 100", for his positive contributions to the Latino community in Orange County.

Chief Valentin is extensively involved in the community, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana. Chief Valentin is an active member of "Fight Crime: Invest in Kids", a nationwide crime prevention organization. Chief Valentin has also served as a California Community College, UC and CSU Delegate in support of public higher education at the State Capitol. Born and raised in central Santa Ana, Chief Valentin is a proud product of the City of Santa Ana and the Santa Ana Unified School District. He attended Martin Elementary School.  He graduated from from Saddleback High School.
( Modified from SAUSD Press Release)

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