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About Mackayla Martin


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In 1985, I graduated from Garnett High School.  After high school, I attended Emporia State University and graduated from Ottawa University in 1990.  In 1991, I married Gary Martin from Emporia.  We have three children: Ashlyn, Madison, and Garrison.  My hobbies include watching my children participate in their activities, running, swimming, and other outdoor activities as well as coaching volleyball, basketball, and softball.  During the summer I can usually be found out on Prairie Spirit Trail with my dogs or swimming or gardening at home.

My teaching career began in 1990 in Atchison, KS at Mount Saint Scholastica Academy. In 1991 I moved to Eureka, KS, and after getting married, was a substitute and para in Hamilton, KS.  In 1992, we moved back to Atchison County, where I began to teach Middle School Science and PE, at ACCMS, Effingham, KS.  In 1994, we returned to Garnett and I began to teach Elementary PE at Garnett Elementary Center (GEC) and coaching for USD 365. In 2012 the new building was completed, Garnett Elementary School (GES), and I am able to continue to love what I do and do what I love every day with more than 400 students!! 

In 2017, I was awarded KAHPERD’s Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator of the Year for being one of the top coodinators in Kansas.  In 2013-14 I received an award of Youth Marketing MVP from the American Heart Association. During 2012-13, we were recongnized for being one of the top 5 schools in eastern Kansas by Jump Rope for Heart/AHA.  2003-04 was the first year GEC and I were recognized by the AHA and Jump Rope for Heart for our wonderful fundraising efforts being #2 in the eastern Kansas/ Nebraska area. All of this has only been possible with the help of my wonderful students and parents!!!

In 2018, I joined two groups of teachers across the State of Kansas who worked to rewrite and update the Kansas Model Curricular Standards for Health Education and the Kansas Model Curricular Standards for Physical Education.  The process was something I had not been involved with for about 20 years. I learned a great deal.

OUR most recent achievemnent thanks to my wonderful BULLPUPS, is that we raised a little over $20,000 for Kids’ Heart Challenge/ Jump Rope for Heart in 2022.  What an AMAZING group of kids I get to teach and an AWESOME community of support we have!!!  You all ROCK!!!!!


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