Martijn Koek (1969) studied Dutch Language and Literature at Free University in Amsterdam. He obtained his Master's degree in 1995 and his teaching degree in 1996. A year later he became a teacher in Dutch language and literature at the Keizer Karel College in Amstelveen, which he still is.
In 2000, together with colleagues from the subjects Dutch, English, French and German, Martijn established a new, independent subject at his school: Literary Fiction, for all students in grades 10 to 12.
Apart from being a teacher Martijn was also a school manager and pedagogical advisor at Keizer Karel College. Outside school he worked as a writer and trainer for the website Lezen voor de Lijst, which is based on a dissertation by Theo Witte (2008). He wrote several analyses and assignments for the site and trained teachers in working with it in their class room.
In May 2014 Martijn was elected Best teacher of Dutch language of 2014, in the radio show De Taalstaat. That same month he obtained a four year grant by Dudoc Alfa, which enables him to spend three days a week on his PhD research into the kinship between reading literary fiction and its possible application in literature education at the pre-university level.
Martijn is married and has two kids, both in secundary school. In his spare time he likes to read, to watch tv shows like The Sopranos and The Wire, to play a video game, and to write and sing songs with his friends from the band Prester John.