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Joseph W Martinez, Mr. STEM

I grew up in San Bernardino and moved to Rialto in 1972. I have had a lifelong interest in technology. In my early teens I began working on electronics while studying electronic engineering, before transistors, IC’s, the Internet or degrees in STEM or Computer Science. Electronics led to computers, small PC’s to IBM Mainframes. I have built my own test equipment and computers from vacuum tubes, transistors and integrated circuits. My hobbies include Ham Radio, wireless digital communications, communication antenna design, tube guitar amplifier modification, playing guitar and photography. Electronics and computers tie all of my hobbies together. I keep up on current events and enjoy reading, finance, and the art of leadership. In 2008 I was elected to the Rialto Unified School District Board of Education. I have held the positions of President, Vice-President, Clerk, Past-President and Board Member. In 2009, I retired from Chaffey Joint Union High School District, IT Department. 2016 marks 30 years in Educational Technology.

I am a Digital leader, and catalyst for positive change. I remain a firm believer in offering concurrent high school and technical or college education to students. My mantra is “continuing education is a lifelong necessity”. Studies by Georgetown University CEW  show that a community college certification, or two year degree, is a minimum requirement to move beyond a low-skill, low-paying job. The US Department of Labor posted a list of STEM jobs that require less than a bachelor's degree to get started,, these jobs pay close to or above the median for all occupations as of May 2015: $36,200. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a list of projected job openings and worker characteristics, through 2024, .

My personal mission statement is to identify, train, and equip leaders for service to the community. Prior to my election to the Rialto Unified School District Board of Education, my goal was to mentor at least one leader per year. Since then I have been blessed to mentor leaders of leaders, and groups of leaders. I follow the servant leadership model and always have a win-win philosophy.

I have been a student of leadership and mentor since the late 1970’s. I remain committed to the students’ of The Rialto Unified School District and the people of the Inland Empire. Since the early 1980’s, until retirement, I was active as a church leader. In that time, I worked with Inland Empire churches doing in-reach, outreach, street ministry, bible studies, pastoral care, visiting hospitals and prison inmates. I led Worship services for small and large groups. Antoinette and I have been married since 1972. Together we have led youth groups, cared for married couples in crisis, taught Bible studies, Sunday school classes, and taken at risk teens into our home.

Cleveland Institute of Electronics, (correspondence course).
Bell and Howell Schools (correspondence course), now DeVry Institute of Technology.
Major electronic engineering, minor in music. 
Licensed broadcast engineer, Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Certified Computer Network Administrator, Cal Poly, UC Long Beach, extension.
Licensed amateur radio operator (NJ6OE).

I have volunteered on several boards and foundations:
The Leaven, Rialto.
Rialto Fire Department, Volunteer, Emergency Communications Service.
American Radio Relay League, volunteer coordinator and examiner (VE).
The Home of Neighborly Service of San Bernardino, CA. former board member and interim president.
San Bernardino Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, former member, communications.
Fontana RACES (Radio Amateur Community Emergency Service), former Assistant Coordinator.
CJUHSD and City of Ontario Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Former, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), communications liaison.
Assisted in developing the emergency/communication plan for Chaffey Joint Union High School District (CJUHSD), and the City of Rialto for the Rialto USD.
Oct 28, 2011, public service award by Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter for my public service with the Rialto Fire Dept., Emergency Communications Service.

Kiwanis Club of Rialto, member; coordinator for “Student of the Month awards”.
Founder and Past President of the Rialto Amateur Radio Club, RARC.
Trustee for the K6RIA amateur radio repeaters.
ARRL, Amateur Radio Relay League, member.
Founder, Refuge in Christ Ministries, pastoral care to pastors.
Founder, Joseph W Martinez Foundation, educational scholarships for STEM and leadership.

California School Employees Association, CSEA, Chaffey High, Chapter #210. Through 2009, Past President, Chief Negotiator, Chief-Steward, CSEA Southern California webmaster trainer, Public Relations Committee member.
IBEW 1972, member in good standing.