Community Spotlight-Dot Martin
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – Winnie the Pooh
Dot Martin and the students and staff at Malta ISD could all relate to this sentiment this week. Mrs. Martin, after 26 years of service, first as a teacher’s aide, then as school secretary, retired this week. It was a bittersweet moment for all involved.
“I first began work at Malta in August of 1995 as an aide in special education, and I knew immediately that Malta was a school like no other,” Martin remembered. “It’s like a family here. And not just the staff, but also the students, their parents and grandparents – they have been my life for the past 26 years.”
Former Malta ISD Superintendent Brian Bobbitt says Mrs. Martin has been an integral part of this family atmosphere. “I was fortunate to serve as the Superintendent of Malta ISD for three years. During that time, I had the privilege to work with Mrs. Dot.” Bobbitt said. “She was always dedicated to her job, and did her best to make sure everything, and everyone, was taken care of. From morning bible studies, to helping organize every event during the year, Mrs. Dot was a huge part of Malta. She did her best to help make sure every new employee not only learned the Malta way, but also to make them feel at home. I appreciate everything she did for me personally, and that school is a better place because of her. “
Current Malta ISD Superintendent Stacey Starrett agreed. “For years Dot has been basically the face of the district. She was the one that every parent came in contact with first on a daily basis. She was a perfectionist at everything she did. She always took care of students and staff,” said Starrett.
Mrs. Martin says that though her decision to retire has been an emotional one, she has many things to look forward to in the near future. “I plan on doing a lot of camping and vacationing,” she said. “My husband David has been retired for five years and I am looking forward to joining him.”
However, she was emphatic that her retirement wouldn’t mean that she would be completely gone from Malta School. “I just live right down the road,” she joked. “They haven’t seen the last of me. I plan on returning soon to volunteer in the first grade reading program. “
“It has been such a blessing working at Malta ISD,” she went on to say. “The dedication and enthusiasm of our teachers, administration and school board are like none other. They go above and beyond to make our students master what is needed to succeed. There have been a lot of friendships made with students, parent, grandparents, and staff, and I will miss them all.”