Martha Torres

First grade teacher at Sunset Elementary

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

My parents lived here before I was born. They went to visit my grandparents in Mexico, which is where I was born, and I’ve lived here ever since. When I went to Eastern Oregon University, we moved out there for a little bit.

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

La casa de mi abuelita — or my grandmother’s house. That’s my favorite place. She cooks everything, her salsa verde is the best. Anything she puts her hands on is amazing.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I’m married and I have three kids. They keep us busy, so I spend a lot of time with my family.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

Something that doesn’t surprise me, but that I’m proud of, which is the educational support for all students in Hermiston. I’m proud of how we are supporting all student as diversity in Eastern Oregon increases.

What was the last book you read?

I love reading, and I have a lot of favorites. One recent one that I loved was “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah; it’s his memoir. I like fiction, but I like memoirs too.

What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?

Probably Instagram or Pinterest.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I would travel all over South America. Anywhere with a rainforest and that kind of climate. I want to know more about that area. I don’t travel much but that would be amazing.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?

When I was in high school, our neighbor’s kid would sometimes wander into our house through the kitchen door. One time I was hanging out in the kitchen doing dishes and my little sister, who was two at the time, was hugging on my leg and pulled down my pants. Little did I know our neighbor was just about to come through the kitchen door, and I had to yell at him to go away! My sister didn’t mean to do that, but we still talk about it today.

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

Probably to start my master’s program this year. I would like to focus on educational leadership or trauma. Right now, I’m doing a lot of research. I am interested in trauma-informed teaching and I want there to be teachers that look like me.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I’m so proud of my children. I have an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old at Armand Larive, and my oldest is going to turn 16 in two weeks.

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