Martha grew up in the Old Rosedale neighborhood in Livonia and when Martha and her husband of 27 years, Brian, decided to start a family they decided that they wanted that same Livonia style upbringing for their own family. They have two children, David and Kate, both graduates of Livonia Public Schools. 

Martha is a teacher for Livonia Public Schools and is committed to the education of all of Michigan's children. Martha is currently the mathematics department chairman at Livonia Churchill High School. 

Martha earned a Masters in Educational Technology from Livonia's Madonna University, and her Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University.

She has spent the past 13 years teaching in Livonia Public Schools. Prior to teaching, Martha worked as a retail buyer for Marshall Fields, Dayton-Hudson & Montgomery Ward's. Martha's business experience as well as her teaching experience give her a unique view on many of the challenges Michigan is facing.