I grew up in a sunny small town in Florida called Coconut Grove and traveled to the big city to attend Barnard College.  After I received my B.A. in art history, I crossed the street to Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning receiving a Masters of Architecture, and becoming a licensed architect.  During 30+ years of practice, my firm was heralded as Manhattan’s Best Bet for a one-shop design & build company of high design, great value, and 100% client satisfaction.

The events of 9/11 tapped within me a stirring of serving others through teaching and, shortly thereafter, I focused my energies on this personal mission.  Along the way, my own parenting cemented the importance of public education.  After earning my Masters in Education and teacher’s license, I entered the classroom and have never looked back.  I have taught mathematics, art & architecture, and biking to a diverse population from the Bronx to Manhattan.  In 2009 I was most proud to receive the NYC Blackboard Teacher awarded for middle school mathematics.  Additionally, I have taught graduate adult teachers at CCNY Graduate Dept. of Mathematics Education in a course I authored on “Enriching the Teaching of Mathematics” using art and visual literacy.

On a concluding biographical note, to know me is to know I am an enthusiastic cyclist.  I am thrilled that my personal trek has brought me back to the Columbia University neighborhood and honored to be teaching public school students in a synergistic partnership.

deemartin@columbiasecondary.org