Our Warren County School Board is composed of three men and three women, one of whom is Helen Martin. A native of Warren County, Martin prides herself on being a product of public education. Martin graduated from WCHS and Motlow State Community College before receiving a bachelor of arts degree from Trevecca Nazarene University.
Learn more about Martin in this week’s snapshot.
Q: Briefly describe yourself.
A: I was born and grew up in McMinnville. I’m married to Michael Martin and we are the proud parents of Zack and Michaela Martin.
Q: What are your hobbies/ interests?
A: Reading and learning new things. I would be a professional student if I could.
Q: What are a few of your favorite things?
A: Spending time with my family, friends and church.
Q: What did you enjoy most about school?
A: I was a cheerleader so I enjoyed cheering and I loved my teachers. I think the hardest teachers are your best teachers, although at the time you did not realize that.
Q: Tell the public about your professional background and how your experiences are applicable as a School Board member.
A: I’m the customer liaison at First National Bank and so I’d say listening and the ability to seek out both sides of the story.
Q: How long have you been on the School Board?
A: This is my fifth year.
Q: What’s it like being a School Board member? (Best part, challenging part)
A: The most challenging part is keeping everybody happy. We try to the best of our ability to be fair and transparent to everyone. I like the part that we have done such good things like the construction that’s going on will be really good for the community. A couple of years ago we put in the academies at the high school. That’s been a great thing.
Q: What are your individual responsibilities for this position?
A: We get our packets for the meeting a week in advance so we review it before the meeting. If I have questions, I get in touch with Mr. Cox and I contact people in my district to get their opinion so it helps me vote in the right way.
Q: Was there anything surprising when you became a School Board member?
A: A whole lot because I had no idea what happened during the meetings, the responsibilities of a board member and it has opened my eyes to the day-to-day operations of our school district. It’s also helped me to understand how our commissioners and everyone comes together to run our county.
Q: What’s one major decision you have been a part of?
A: The academies at the WCHS is a decision I’m proud of and it’s such a good program. What they do is the student starts their freshman year in a certain academy like nursing and they continue with that cluster through 12th grade. It helps the student to grow and learn together.
Q: Best way to contact you?
A: Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.