Ruth Martin grew up in the Chicago area and received her B.S. in Education from Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, Illinois. In October of 1980, Ruth re-located with her husband, five sons, and Old English Sheepdog to Aurora. Ruth taught school for three years prior to being a mom and resumed teaching in 1981, retiring from Aurora Public Schools in 2007.
Ruth joined the Friends in January of 2008 as a back-room volunteer and maintains her service most Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Still “loving the kids” and “enjoying teaching” Ruth continues to substitute teach. At home, she likes cooking, baking, and reading. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, a sorority for educators, and last fall started as an English Second Language tutor for adults, a rewarding experience. Other activities include a book club with former staff members which helps to expand her literary genre. Her favorite books are mysteries.
Ruth’s five sons reside in West Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Colorado. She enjoys her travels to visit them and her eight grandchildren. She loves when they return to Aurora so she can spend more time with them.
Most of all, as a Friends’ volunteer, she is thankful for the opportunity to serve the Aurora community, especially those individuals who love books and want to be life-long learners