Curry senior focused on becoming a teacher to honor his mother

By ELANE JONES, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 5/19/17

Zachary Lance “Zach” Drummond hopes to become a teacher someday to honor his mother, thanks to the faculty at his school.

“They show so much love and support for the students here, and hopefully I’ll be able to do that one day when I …

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Curry senior focused on becoming a teacher to honor his mother

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Zachary Lance “Zach” Drummond hopes to become a teacher someday to honor his mother, thanks to the faculty at his school.

“They show so much love and support for the students here, and hopefully I’ll be able to do that one day when I become a teacher myself,” said 18-year-old Zach, who is a senior at Curry High School.

After graduation Zach plans to go to Bevill State Community College for two years and then attend Athens State to get his teaching degree. He wants to be a teacher not only because he enjoys learning himself, but also to honor his mother, the late Donna Drummond.

“My mom instilled in us the importance of a good education and taught us to be the best we could be, no matter what,” Zach said. “For a while, she was a single mom raising three kids and all the sacrifices she made for us really inspired me and helped me grow as a person.”

Zach and his two older brothers, Blake Reed and Jake Drummond, lost their mom in an ATV accident when Zach was just 12 years old. Two years later Zach’s dad, Randall Drummond, lost part of a leg in a hunting accident, and then two years after that the family’s home was destroyed by fire.

“Our family has been through some rough times, but through it all I’ve tried really hard to stay focused on getting a good education,” Zach said. “Because I love my mom and she wanted her children to be well-educated.”

Zach said he misses his mom, especially with graduation coming up.

“It’s really hard for me, because she’s not here,” Zach said. “She really wanted us to graduate from Curry, because she didn’t graduate herself. She got her GED later on, but she wanted us to graduate from high school.”

Zach said one of the many people he has to thank for helping him achieve his goal to graduate from high school is the principal at Curry High School, Rod Aaron.

“Mr. Aaron has been there side-by-side with me and my brothers,” Zach said. “My brother Blake was a senior when my mom passed away and Mr. Aaron was there for him, then my brother, Jake, and now me.”

Aaron has known Zach all his life and knows Zach will achieve anything he tries to accomplish in life.

“Zach has had a lot to overcome, but through it all he’s persevered,” Aaron said. “He has been a really big help to us here at the school. Anything you asked him to do he’ll help you with, even though he has a regular job as well as all of his other activities. He’s just a great kid.”

Other people who also inspired Zach to become a teacher, include his 11th grade U.S. History/Social Studies teacher Coach Mike Myers and Coach Nicholas Stockman at Curry Middle School.

“They made learning fun and that’s what I’d like to do when I become a teacher,” Zach said.

Even though Zach doesn’t have time for sports, he said he does enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking.

“I’m really not into sports like most my kids my age. I’m more the club person,” he said. “I belong to a number of clubs at school, including the Beta Club, National Honor Society and Anchor Club, and I’m the Senior Vice President of my class. And I love my job at Tractor Supply.”

Some might call Zach a workaholic, because he loves to staying busy. Whether it’s doing school work, working at home or at his part-time job or just volunteering in his community, Zach is constantly on the go.

“Working is my thing, I have to stay busy all the time, mainly because I think it makes the day go by faster,” Zach said. “I don’t like it when the day just drags by, because that’s just not me. I enjoy being on the go.”

When asked if there was one piece of advice he would give other students, Zach said “I would tell them to always work hard and strive to be the best they can be, no matter the odds.”