Ms. Lydia E. Martinez-Alvarez made history when she was selected as the first Latina to serve as Assistant Superintendent at Springfield Public Schools, a role she has held since 2012. A first-generation college student, and Springfield native, she has dedicated her 20-year career to serving the school system from which she graduated.
Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her commitment to the City of Springfield and its children and was honored with the A.W.A.K.E. Excellence in Education Award, the Barbara Rivera Lifetime Achievement Award, the Pioneer Valley Project Change Agent Award and the Westfield State Urban Education Alumna Award.
Martinez-Alvarez holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Westfield State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Elms College, and is a doctoral candidate at American International College.