The Christ School is delighted to welcome Ozel “Oz” Martin, our PE teacher and Middle School Boys’ Basketball Coach. Oz is easy to recognize; just look for the guy with the bright smile and joyful personality.
“My parents were my role models of how to live and work hard through God’s word,” says Oz. “I started working with children and coaching at the local YMCA in 1995. There, I began a youth sports program called Legacy Youth Sports to mentor youth in Central Florida. The program still exists and serves many children in our community.”
“I never thought I would be a teacher or even a coach,” says Oz. “Even though I saw my dad do that very job my entire life as a principal and a coach of the kids in our neighborhood.”
“What I am most excited about my work at The Christ School is to be able to help each student make positive choices in their everyday life, school, home and community,” he says. “I am happy to be working at TCS. Everyone here has been so helpful as I start my first school year,” says Oz. “The kind words, help, and prayers; what an amazing staff!”
Oz was born in Flint, Michigan, moved to Tallahassee, in 1983, and to Orlando in 1989. In 1991, he started a delivery service and sold his company in 2006. He still worked there for two years until he chose to put all of his energy into Legacy Youth Sports. “In my free time, I enjoy playing golf. I also enjoy working with young people and serving as a mentor,” he says.
“One of my favorite sayings is: ‘you can’t live a perfect day until you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you,'” he says.
Oz shares his favorite Bible verse: John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”