I Wasn’t Always A Teacher!

Before teaching, Mr. Martinez spent a long career in business, primarily managing a theatre chain circuit & a marine attraction park. Attached are photos from my days as the General Manager and Vice President of Operations of the Miami Seaquarium. My job at the park was managing the largest attraction in South Florida. The Miami Seaquarium’s early claim to fame was as the home of “Flipper” the dolphin.


Pictured with the biggest employee & star of the park – “Lolita.”

Meeting with the incredible Seaquarium staff.


Assisting with the Manatees.
Getting Ready to Get Wet in the Reef Exhibit.


Miami, Florida (33 acres) Rickenbacker Causeway




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Social Studies Department Chair, Room A305 Tutoring Mondays @ 4:15 pm & Wednesdays @ 8:00 a.m.
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2 Responses to I Wasn’t Always A Teacher!

  1. CWB says:

    Mr. Martinez-
    What a cool job you had with the marine animals! I have a question for you. My four year old daughter has been obsessed with whales and dolphins since birth. She has a special affinity for orcas. Do you have any recommendations for the best places to take her so that she can really interact with dolphins and whales? At this point, I am ready to fly pretty much anywhere if it means she can have this opportunity if only for an hour! Any advice? Thanks!

    • Thanks for the compliment. To aid in your quest. There are many facilities around the country that offer marine mammal encounters. I would suggest completing an Internet search to locate a place near you. There are many in Florida including the Miami Seaquarium or Seaworld in Orlando. You should pay special attention to age and height requirements. Good luck.

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