Verne Martin has dedicated his life to educating young people. He spent 37 years as a junior high school teacher, coach and athletic director in the Sherwood (1955-65) and Tigard-Tualatin (1965-91) school districts. He was named Tigard Teacher of the Year in 1971 and earned Oregon Teacher of the Year honors the following year. More recently, he taught at the Southwest Indian School in the mid-1990s and joined George Fox University’s School of Education in 2007 to serve as an adjunct supervisor for student teachers in the master of arts in teaching program. Martin has also volunteered his time and talents to numerous church, community and missions organizations, including Sherwood Friends Church, Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center, Union Gospel Mission and the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends. His service to Twin Rocks – on which he served on the board of directors for more than 30 years – spans 60 years, and his membership at Sherwood Friends began in 1955.