Words from Youngstown State President, Jim Tressel

On the first day of the 2018-19 school year for Kenston staff, Jim Tressel, Youngstown State University President, gave an empowering speech. Introduced by one of his former football players, our very own 4th grade teacher Mr. Chad Rosko, our staff received meaningful words of wisdom.

Mr. Tressel expressed that all teachers are leaders and each teacher has a powerful ability to help students believe in themselves and show them what it takes “to get the job done”. He feels there is tough competition globally for our students and educators need to understand the challenge beyond Kenston.   Collectively as an organization, we need to help students reach their potential. Mr. Tressel, based on his experiences as coach and educator, believes the following 5 traits are most critical for our students:

5. Work ethic allows the journey to begin for a student to reach potential.

4. Cognitive ability and nurtured talent are important components of success.  However, success doesn’t result because of this alone.

3. Curiosity is the desire to be dissatisfied.  Finding an innovative and better way to understand or do something (this aligns with student engagement and a district initiative).

2. Grit is needed because everyone faces adversity.  Teach students how to deal with it.

1. Selflessness with an eye on the good of the whole, the common good.  As educators, if we can turn out a less selfish generation, the world would be a more positive place.

Watch the speech HERE