Spotlight On…

Anna Martin

Mateya Petrova, Staff Writer


  • Bachelor’s degree in special education from Valdosta State University


  • Teaches deaf and hard-of-hearing students 


  • Part of quadruplets, the only girl
  • She and her brother both had Cochlear implants 
  • Born profoundly deaf 

Starr’s Mill welcomes special education teacher Anna Martin to the Panther family.

“I want to make a connection with the students and their parents,” Martin said. 

Martin was a part of the deaf and hearing program here at Starr’s Mill. She graduated from Starr’s Mill and then went on to study at Valdosta University for special education. 

Cindy Hartpence, who previously oversaw the deaf and hard of hearing program at Starr’s Mill, inspired Martin to become a special education teacher. 

“I saw the dedication and work Hartpence put in for her students and that made me go into the same thing,” Martin said. 

Her favorite part of being a part of the Panther family is seeing her students happy and getting to work with them and making learning fun. 

Outside of school, Martin enjoys being outside, going to the lake, hiking, and spending time with loved ones.