Laura Martinez is passionate about helping students to find their voice in English. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s in English and from Georgia State University with a Master’s in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. Laura has over seven years of experience teaching in teaching English domestically and abroad. Her research interest is increasing student motivation through high impact practices. Currently, she is an English Language Instructor for UNT's satellite English language program at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Japan. Her hobbies include hiking and learning Japanese.