Every spring, Juanita “Janie” Martinez, personnel specialist for the Clint Independent School District, gathers service records of all district employees. At the end of the 2014-2015 school year; nine employees had been employed for 25 years, two had worked for 30 years but only one had dedicated 40 years of service to Clint ISD. The name on the 40 year roster was Janie Martinez.
Martinez graduated from Clint High School in 1975. Throughout her high school career she was a student aid in the counselor’s office.
In October of 1975, Martinez became an official employee as a counselor’s clerk. Her job included registering students and maintaining their files. At the time, the district had three schools and less than 200 employees.
In 1982, the district opened its own tax office where Martinez became the clerk. Eight years later, in August of 1990, she was promoted to clerk of the Human Resources Department.
Currently, Martinez is the longest-serving employee in the entire school district. As a HR certification specialist, she ensures that district employees are highly qualified to teach.
“I am very passionate about my job,” said Martinez. “It is my responsibility to make sure students have teachers that are certified and will provide them the best education.”
Former classmate and current colleague, Hipolito Hernandez, said “Janie has always been a very smart and dedicated person.” Hipolito is not the only one who can acknowledge her dedication.
Rene Chavez, director of Human Resources said she truly dedicates her life to her job. Her department describes her as knowledgeable, a person with a lot of drive and someone who can do her job with her eyes closed.
“This is my second home,” said Martinez. “I went to school all 12 years in the district and haven’t left since.”
Martinez said she is proud of being a Clint ISD employee and witness the growth of the district over the years. “There was only one school bus,” Martinez said. “I rode that bus all twelve years.”
The district now has 91 buses that transport students to the Clint, Horizon and the Montana areas. As far as retirement plans, Martinez said maybe later. For now, she keeps at it.
Author: Clint ISD