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North Central College alums, siblings enjoy teaching in East Aurora schools

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Oct. 12, 2011—Siblings Ruth Ramos, a 2004 alumna of North Central College, and Eliseo Martinez, a 2010 alumnus of the College, were featured in the Aurora Beacon-News for their work as teachers at elementary schools in East Aurora School District 131.

Ramos, who majored in elementary education with a minor in Spanish, teaches at East Aurora Magnet Academy in O’Donnell Elementary School. She said for as long as she can remember, “teachers have always inspired me. I recognized at age 6 that I wanted to be an inspiring person and as I matured, I used every opportunity to tutor those around me, including my four brothers. I honed my teaching skills early in life by participating in the Sunday school program at the church I attended.”

Martinez, who majored in music education at North Central with a minor in secondary education, teaches music at Bardwell Elementary and Rollins Elementary schools in addition to leading choir ensembles at the schools. While in high school, both he and his sister earned Golden Apple Scholarships, which recognizes and prepares teachers who want to teach in high-need schools.

“The Golden Apple Foundation and the Jr/Sr. Scholars program at North Central College played major parts in preparing me to teach in a high needs setting,” he said.

Martinez also praised North Central College professors Ramona Wis—Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, professor and chair of music—and Jan Fitzsimmons, coordinator of Junior/Senior Scholars Program, who served as his role models throughout his undergraduate experience.