Neyda Martinez, the Bronx Leadership Academy guidance counselor who encouraged hundreds of at-risk students to attend college and who was named teacher of the year by a citywide nonprofit in November, died from cancer on Thursday, January 26, at Calvary Hospital. She was 54.
Martinez, praised by students and peers alike for her boundless energy and motherly nature, had been struggling with breast cancer for three years, and, despite her wishes, finally took leave from her work in October.
Two months later, Junior Achievement of New York (JANY), a leadership organization that introduces students at inner-city high schools to mentors and potential careers in the business world, awarded Martinez, its representative at the Bronx Leadership Academy, its annual teacher of the year award.
Asked in early December how she earned students
©2006 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.