Martin was born in Los Angeles, California on October 9th, 1982. His parents, Martin Sr. and Maria Consuelo, immigrated from Mexico right before he was born. He spent the first years of his life living in Compton, California, before moving to South Los Angeles when he was in the fourth grade. It was here where he encountered one of the teachers which first greatly influenced his life, Mr. Cooke, and began showing him that a teacher must be a moral leader as well as an educator. Martin later attended the California Academy of Mathematics and Science, a magnet high school created for students who strived towards higher education. While in his junior year, he met Michael Denman, a superb history teacher who changed Martin’s life. Through his lessons and constant push to put students first, Mr. Denman demonstrated that an educator had the power not only to improve students’ grades, but also their lives and future. He was the reason that Martin Castro chose a career in education, and Mr. Denman continues to be a source of support and inspiration. After graduating high school, Martin attended El Camino College and later transferred to California State University, Long Beach, majoring in American Studies. After receiving his degree, he joined the thousands of other proudly-serving Americans and became a part of the Peace Corps. He served as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Ukraine for three years, educating primary, high school, and university students on a myriad of topics and lessons. After returning home, Martin most recently worked as a substitute teacher before being accepted into the Peace Corps Fellows Program. He now plans to earn his master’s degree in the teaching of Social Studies while educating students in the urban environment of New York.