Inspirational Speaker Damon West Will Share Story with Students, Staff

The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) welcomes inspirational speaker and best-selling author Damon West to Zanesville on Monday, October 18. West will share his story with local students and staff and explain how each person can positively change his or her environment and turn their pot of boiling water – life – into a pot of coffee, just like a coffee bean.  

The event is part of the MVESC’s “Must See Professional Development Services.” Two sessions will be held for students and staff during the day, with an evening program for students and parents. The sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Rolling Plains United Methodist Church, 3350 Moxahala Park Road, Zanesville. The 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. presentations are also available on a virtual platform. 

Advanced registration for the October 18th event is required and can be made online by visiting, and then clicking on the calendar link. For more information, contact Adam Copeland, Student Services Supervisor, at 740-342-3502 or 

Damon West travels the country as keynote speaker. He shares his amazing story of overcoming adversity with schools, businesses, and leading collegiate athletic programs. His story of redemption, grit and determination continues to inspire audiences from Wal-Mart to the U.S. Army to the NBA. 

Damon West is a college professor and the best-selling author of The Coffee Bean: A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change. At 20, Damon was an NCAA Division I quarterback who had a successful future in front of him. Tragically, he turned to drugs after a career-ending injury and was later spent time in a maximum-security prison. He emerged from prison a changed man and travels the country sharing his story. Learn more at 

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