Martha Raines was a Katy ISD teacher of mathematics who devoted her life to reaching students of all backgrounds and instilling in them a desire both to learn and to give back tot heir community rhrough service projects.
Martha created the volunteer program at Mayde Creek High School, called RSVP (Ram Seniors Volunteering Proudly), and as a result of the success of that program, the rest of the high schools put a similar program in place. Martha was a life-long volunteer herself. She volunteered at school, at her church, at local hospitals, and elsewhere throughout the community.
As the long-time mathematics department chair at Mayde Creek High School, Martha ensured that every one of the teachers in her department were taken care of in every way. She welcomed us all into her home to enhance a collegial atmosphere, yet with a firm, but gentle hand Martha was able to keep her department "toeing the line".
Martha was a loving, caring individual to any and all her colleagues as well as her students. She was always available to talk to for professional or personal advice. In addition, she was always available to her students for any assistance they may have required, again personally or with schoolwork.
Martha was a top-notch teacher right up until the final days when an insidious brain tumor forced her to leave, and eventually talking her life a few months later. Martha's friends, family, colleagues, and students thought so much of her that when they found out about her condition they set up a scholarship bearing her name given out to the one or two seniors per year exhibiting traits that Martha would be most proud - academic prowess and volunteerism. Donations were collected from a large array of individuals - teachers, students, parents, friends, and more to the tune of almost $10,000.