Maria Socorro Martinez


María Socorro “Coco” Martínez, maiden name María del Socorro Camero Haro, is a freelance writer and author of a memoir.

Coco was born in San Luis Potosí, in the state of San Luis Potosí, México, but grew up in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. She worked as a teacher of grades seven through nine, as well as an Assistant Principal for a year, in a middle school in Doctor Arroyo, Nuevo León, México, from 1958 to 1962. She later taught in middle schools in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México, from 1962 to 1966.

She then married Martín H. Martínez, a US Air Force member, and moved to the United States. She was a stay-at-home mom to her three children until she returned to work as a bilingual assistant at elementary schools in North East ISD in San Antonio, Texas, from 1985 to 2004.

Co-founder of the Spanish for Children program, National Autonomous University of México (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM), San Antonio, Texas, she led double summer sessions from 1988 to 1995.

Since 2002, she has worked part time for Tri-Lin Integrated Services in San Antonio, Texas, as a Spanish consultant and freelance writer of standardized test passages in Spanish for elementary students.

Living in a Crystal Box is her memoir describing her experiences as a young city girl facing the hardships and taboos of working as a teacher in Doctor Arroyo, a rural Mexican town, in the 1950s.


Viviendo En Una Caja de Cristal: Experiencias de una maestra en el México rural de los años 50
Price: $9.90 USD. Words: 142,050. Language: Spanish (Mexican dialect). Published: March 5, 2022 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Teachers & educators, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Circunstancias especiales obligan a María del Socorro Camero Haro a aceptar un puesto de maestra de secundaria en Doctor Arroyo, Nuevo León, México. Antes de partir, su madre le dice que recuerde que vivirá en una caja de cristal en la que todos verán y juzgarán lo que hace. La recién graduada maestra no imagina cuán valioso será este consejo en el futuro.
Living in a Crystal Box
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 150,700. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2021 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Teachers & educators
Experiences of a Teacher in Rural Mexico in the 1950s. Socorro Camero Haro accepted a middle school teaching position in Doctor Arroyo, Nuevo León, México. At the time of her departure, her mother warns her: “Don’t forget that you will live in a crystal box where everyone will see and judge what you do.” Little did the recent graduate imagine how valuable this advice will be for her in the future.

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