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Ferrum College, Women’s Wrestling Program, Those Who Can Teach And Do

George Bernard Shaw inspired people to think. In some cases he motivated them to act.

Isn’t that what a great teacher does?

Born on July 26, 1856, Mr. Shaw, known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist, and political activist.

His influence on Western theater, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923).

With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Mr. Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Helping people to break with conventional wisdom, which is not necessarily wise, can create controversy. Few expressions in the teaching community became more frowned upon than Mr. Shaw’s famous quote, “Those who can do; those who can’t, teach.”

George Bernard Shaw passed away on November 2, 1950.

He never had a chance to meet Ferrum College’s Women’s Head Wrestling Coach, Jessica Medina otherwise he may have revisited his famous expression and perhaps even change his mind about that school of thought.

Jessica Medina not only is a great teacher but also someone who can do and has accomplished incredible feats during her career as a wrestler.

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At ferrumpanthers.com they share, “Jessica Medina joined the Ferrum athletic staff as Head Women’s Wrestling Coach in September 2017 from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, where she was Head Girls Coach of the “Beat the Streets Philadelphia” program. Prior to that, she was Assistant Coach at Montini Catholic High School in Lombardi, Illinois. While at Montini, Medina was the first female to coach at the Illinois High School Association state finals.

A native of Pomona, California, Medina wrestled at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, where she won two national titles for the Patriots, in 2008 and 2010.”

Now that is doing it right in a huge way.

The university has been very welcoming to her. She expresses on the school’s website, “I have truly felt the support from everyone and I immediately felt integrated into the Panther family I’m excited to continue to build the program alongside such a supportive staff.”

In an interview with Radio Host Gary Holden the passionate coach speaks about it being a work in progress and her plans of enhancement. While it lasts her is the interview.


Ms. Medina is in an ideal location to achieve great success.

Ferrum College is a private college in Ferrum, Virginia.

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Ferrum College has the second-oldest environmental science program in the nation and was ranked 41st by U.S. News & World Report in Comprehensive Colleges–Bachelor’s (South) for 2006.

The college experienced dramatic growth and facilities improvement in the 1960s and 1970s and began offering bachelor’s degrees in a selection of human service fields in 1977.

Like many schools in the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association, Ferrum has a religious foundation.

The college was founded in 1913. It is a liberal arts institution founded on Christian principles and related to the United Methodist Church.

That foundation helps speak to the school’s mission.

Ferrum’s official mission is to educate students in the disciplines of higher learning and to help them be thoughtful and perceptive, to be articulate and professionally capable, and to be caring and concerned citizens of their community, nation, and world.

Very impressive.

The university is exceptional at spreading the word.

At ferrum.edu they add, “At Ferrum College, we provide unique opportunities and an excellent educational experience that will transform our students’ lives within a welcoming, supportive community. We want our students, from all walks of life, to be empowered to discover their potential, achieve their goals, and make a difference in their communities. The Ferrum experience is rich with opportunities for internships, hands-on learning, international and domestic travel, scholars programs, personal development, and service to the community.”

Apparently their methods are working. At U.S. News & World Report they are described as one of the best regional colleges in the South for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017.

They summarize, “At Ferrum College, we want to make a positive, lasting impression on our students’ education and lives in everything we do. We want you to not only achieve self-fulfillment but also feel equipped to embrace our “Not Self, But Others” motto.  We believe that you deserve not only to love what you’re learning while at Ferrum College but also to love what you do as you become an integral part of your community.”

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And what a community it is. If you love learning in a scenic rural environment not far from the big city, Ferrum is ideal.

Nestled on 700 quiet acres, Ferrum College is located in Ferrum, Virginia.

There is a lot of American history there.

The college itself is on the Virginia Historic Register. Roberts Hall and Beckham Hall are part of the Ferrum College Historic District and listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

The school has the second-oldest environmental science program in the nation.

Attending Ferrum provides a female student athlete with the nice balance of enjoying a rural setting while still having nearby access to the larger city of Roanoke.

As of the 2010 census, Roanoke has a population of 97,032.

Roanoke is the largest municipality in Southwest Virginia, and is the principal municipality of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which had a 2010 population of 308,707.

It is a typical warm and welcoming Southern city. At visitroanokeva.com they smile, “Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Shop at the markets and boutiques in Downtown Roanoke and Salem.

Hike on a trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Go for a ride in America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital. Discover wildlife while kayaking on the Upper James River Water Trail. Dine at a local restaurant and enjoy fresh, amazingly prepared ingredients, or sample the craft beverage scene.

Watch the sunset aboard a boat at Smith Mountain Lake. All these things to do and more can be part of your Blue Ridge Day. No matter what you decide to do, every day in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is filled with friendship and old-fashioned hospitality.”

Sounds like young fun and an ideal time when family comes to visit.

Roanoke sure has caught the attention of the global travelers at Lonely Planet. They share, “Illuminated by the giant star atop Mill Mountain, Roanoke is the largest city in the Roanoke Valley and is the self-proclaimed ‘Capital of the Blue Ridge.’ Close to the Blue Ridge Pkwy and the Appalachian Trail, it’s a convenient base camp for exploring the great outdoors. An expanding greenway system, a burgeoning arts scene and a slowly growing portfolio of farm-to-table restaurants have energized the city in recent years, flipping Roanoke from sleepy to almost hip.”

Change that to student friendly hip.

Now they have a world class women’s wrestling coach who can both do and teach to add to the brochure.

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