In a ceremony boring Community Learning Center art teacher Carolyn Martin's 25 years of work at Rose State, Midwest City Mayor Jay Dee Collins proclaimed Oct. 13, 2015 as Carolyn Martin Day in recognition of her distinguished career.
"[Her] continued teaching is a testament to her positive approach that has proven to develop students' strengths and gifts, while not allowing the four letter word 'can't' in the creative environment," Collins said.
Martin, who took up art following the death of her husband, found herself in the unusual position of taking over for an art professor who was unable to teach because of a tumor in his spine. She found that she not only had a talent fir art but also a love for teaching it.
"since began I've taught people aged 4-94 and I've learned from more students than I can count," Martin said. "I just love teaching and the magic of helping bring out students; artistic abilities, and that's all there is to it."
The celebration was put together b Martin's family and students who wanted to recognize the impact she has had at RSC and within the local Mid-Del artistic community.
"This is just a small demonstration of appreciation compared to the enormous impact [Martin] has had in all of our lives, " Joan Fought, a student and close friend of Martin.
More than 80 people attended, including Stan Greil, vice president of Workforce Department, who represented RSC President Dr. Jeanie Webb and the RSC Board of Regents.
"[Webb] believes that amazing and inspiration teachers are the foundation of a solid education and that is exactly the kind of teacher that Carolyn Martin is and continues to be," Greil said.
While some raised concerns that the celebration was also a retirement party, CLC Director Rick Woodard assured all in attendance that Martin would not be retiring any time soon.
"Taking the time to celebrate amazing and inspiring individuals within our community such as Carolyn Martin is an important part of our culture," Woodard said.
For more information on martin's classes or other classes available at the CLC, contact at 733-7392.