A local superintendent is sharing the story of his life and giving advice to parents on how to help their children succeed.
The superintendent of Zanesville City Schools, Terry Martin, was the guest speaker this morning at the Nelson T. Gant Homestead. The Gant Society will host a speaker each month throughout 2010.
"Well what we look at is trying to find people in the surrounding who have contributed to society and who have contributed to the community in a positive way and we look at different areas of expertise," says Deidra Corbett-Ihlenfeld, a board member of the Gant Society.
Ihlenfeld says Martin was chosen to speak because he is a positive, male role model for the community and has wisdom to offer parents. Surrounded by friends and former schoolmates, Martin spoke warmly of his community growing up and says it truly does take a village to raise a child.
"People are the key ingredient to making other people succeed, many things in my life I did because I wanted to please someone. Whether it be my father or my mother, my minister, my uncle or my relative, other people can motivate each other and that is very important in education," says Martin.
He says that form of motivation plays into the Zanesville City School's motto of 'We Believe In You'. In his remarks, Martin described his mother as a 'tower of strength' and his father as 'a good man' and he says parents play a key role in their child's development.
"I think it is imperative that we as parents let our children know they are loved and that we take time with them and that we read to them and we explain things to them, because if we don't take the time to read to them and explain things to them, they are going to get their answers from someone else and that someone may not always be to their benefit," tells Martin.
The Nelson T. Gant Education Committee will be having a presentation about the historic coal run on the third Saturday in February. The event is open to the public.