Books by UTSA Professor Emeritus Marian Martinello distributed in Menard

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(April 17, 2012) -- Marian Martinello, retired professor from the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, was the guest speaker at an April 17 luncheon at the Menard Public Library to kick off the City of Menard "Menard Reads Together" program, which provides free books to the community.

Menard County is regularly listed between the first and fourth poorest county in Texas with 80 percent of its population at the poverty level. Among the most popular of the library's community programs, "Menard Reads Together" provides books free of charge to the entire community from young readers to senior citizens. This year's program runs April 17-May 3.

Three of Martinello's award-winning books, "The Search for Emma's Story," "The Search for Pedro's Story" and "The Search for the Chili Queen," were chosen as the core books for the community reading program.

Martinello began her career at UTSA in 1975, where she helped to design and then direct the interdisciplinary studies degree and certification program for elementary and middle school teacher preparation. Her work won federal funding, enhanced collaboration among classroom teachers and museum educators, and influenced curriculum development in San Antonio area public schools. Her publications focus on learning through research, interdisciplinary curriculum and teaching.

Martinello is a founding member of the UTSA Retired Faculty Association (RFA) and currently serves as its president. Established in 2011, the purpose of the RFA is to provide retired faculty with the opportunity for continued interaction with the UTSA community and to serve as the voice of the retired faculty to the administration.

"The time and expertise Marian is giving to the 'Menard Reads Together' program perfectly exemplifies the impact our retired faculty continue to have on not only the UTSA community, but the community at large," said Betty Merchant, dean of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.