Martin is a Lecturer at the Kenya Institute for Special Education (KISE), where he trains teachers and other professionals in special and inclusive education and conducts academic research related to best practices and alternative teaching strategies.
For the past 20 years, Martin has been a teacher in a wide range of fields (elementary school, deaf school, and higher education). He also has extensive international educational experience. He studied special and inclusive education at the University of Roehampton in the United Kingdom and the University of Oslo. He also received an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to complete his Masters at Charles University in Prague.
As a Lecturer at the Kenya Institute for Special Education (KISE), Martin trains teachers and other professionals in special education as well as Kenyan Sign Language. Some of his responsibilities include collaborating with partners to conduct research on special education and disability, assessing children with special needs for placement and referral, supervising teacher trainees, and facilitating the distance learning program. He also supervises teacher-students working in the areas of special needs and disabilities as part of their diploma qualification and coordinates collaborations between KISE and other partners.
In addition to his work for KISE, Martin has authored several publications on inclusive education, communication for Deaf learners, non-formal education, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). He also serves on the National Technical Committee on Digital Literacy Program overseen by the Kenyan Ministries of Education and ICT. In his spare time, Martin coaches students with and without disabilities in basketball, and provides mentorship to young professionals.
Through the ADA International Fellowship Program, Martin seeks to gain skills, knowledge, and expertise related to inclusive education. As a veteran teacher, he is committed to the importance of a “train the trainer” model. He is interested in building teacher capacity and changing teacher attitudes towards disability and inclusive education through training and mentorship.
Specifically, Martin plans to design and implement a 2-day in-service training for regular teachers in mainstream schools. The training will cover topics including Universal Design for Learning, preventing bullying, and supporting positive behavior. He will also mentor the teachers in the training.