A young woman who was born and grew up in Mora is now serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique, Africa.
Andrea Martinez, 24, has been assigned to the Catholic mission in Dombe. She is working as a librarian and teacher.
Martinez will be serving there for two years. She had brushed up on her French, thinking that she would be assigned to a French-speaking country.
But when she was assigned to Mozambique, where the native language is Portuguese, she had to switch gears.
Martinez took classes to learn Portuguese and had to pass a test before she could leave for her assignment. She did very well and left for Africa during the last week of September.
Mozambique is on the southeast side of Africa. It is bordered by the Indian Ocean, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The area where she is stationed is going through its rainy season at this time.
Martinez is the middle daughter of Steve and Teresa Martinez. She has an older sister Nicole and a younger sister Mattie Marie.
She grew up in Mora and attended the local elementary and middle schools. Martinez attended high school in Las Vegas and graduated from Robertson High School in 2007. She went on to the University of New Mexico and graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology.
After graduation, Martinez decided to enter the Peace Corps and serve those in need.
School board election Tuesday
Three new Mora Independent School District board members will be elected on Tuesday.
Voters will also decide whether to continue the 2-mill levy currently in place that helps the district pay for capital improvements.
According to the school district, taxes won’t increase if the mill levy is approved.
The district has had a 2-mill levy in place for 30 years with just one brief interlude. The mill levy generates about $200,000 a year for the district.
In the past, money from the mill levy has enabled the school district to do such things as upgrade its technology and buy equipment. If voters OK the mill levy this time around, the district plans to continue investing in technology, focusing on safety with upgraded security cameras and improving the safety of pathways to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The district also plans to upgrade and improve the baseball and softball facilities.
The three board seats up for election drew no incumbent candidates, meaning that the board will have three new people regardless of who is elected. The board seats on the ballot are Position 1, Position 2 and Position 4.
The Position 1 race pits Victoria “Vicky” Lovato against Angelo Vasquez. Three candidates are vying for Position 2: Shelly Rains, Melvin Vigil and Jacob Regensberg. Robert Sena is running unopposed for the Position 4 seat. He will complete an unfilled term — two years — of a board member who resigned.
Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may be reached at (575) 387-6523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.