Holyoke Community College is the premier Massachusetts community college, providing the best start at the best value for students from an increasingly diverse community with rapidly evolving needs. Our enthusiastic, highly-qualified faculty engage students in innovative and creative learning. Students thrive in our vibrant, accessible, and welcoming campus community because we provide them with a comprehensive academic and personal support system. We challenge ourselves to identify and provide relevant and responsive solutions for the needs of organizations and individuals in the Valley and beyond. Our students are exceptionally prepared for success in today's changing world.
When I was a student at HCC, I fell in love with this place. I always wanted to come back. It is my accomplishment and pride to teach here. I'm also proud of bringing Spanish playwrights to the HCC stage such as Dolores Prida and Federico García Lorca.
As a professor of photography, I bring my very own experiences as an artist into the teaching process through the showing of my own work. I use a practical approach to the teaching of photography coupled with a spontaneous teaching environment for the creative process to be brought out of the student.
In my classes, I cover superficially any material that students can read about in a textbook. But I cover in depth individual learning objectives that can be reinforced with active learning experiences. It is important to make learning about even the most mundane topics fun and to keep telling students what they are learning and why.
English Prof. David Champoux is the advisor for Pulp City, HCC's literary magazine.
In October 2011, Martinez received the Latino Teaching Excellence Award from Gov. Deval L. Patrick at a State House ceremony celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.