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When parents take control and raise the bar for excellence, while being excellent themselves, there are no limits to what kids can do.


Thessalonika Arzu-Embry (video), has broken all the barriers of education, and she continues to break them in every aspect of her life. How can she accomplish so much? Her parents allowed and encouraged her to do it.


From the age of 4 to 11 Thessalonika's mother educated her at home. When she graduated High School at the age of 11, Thessalonika went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at 14, and her Master's in Business at age 16. She earned her PhD at the age 17. After completing her education, Thessalonika and her brother Jeremy are developing APPS for Silicon Valley, California. Jeremy is no slacker as he also broke the educational age barriers earning his BS and MS, and his PhD right alongside his sister. I'd say they learned their lessons well.


In this 2016 video she shares that her mom is a Navy veteran, and her father was enlisted in both the Navy and Air Force, "I'm a proud military kid." Thessalonika is an author of several books and has created the JUMP program to help others move through the educational process quicker and with better results, "I adjust to their learning styles, because people have different learning styles." Thessalonika goes beyond learning by teaching and is also mentoring younger kids in the Chicago area to excel in their education.


The Chicago Tribune wrote that Thessalonika's mother, Wonder Embry, method of educating her children, "To be successful with anyone, it takes a whole team," "It takes a family. It takes love. It takes commitment, planning, lots of things, so when one person succeeds in a family, all succeed in a family. That's how we tend to see things." I think every educator should read her books as I believe they could learn a thing or two from this wonderful young woman.


Thessalonika is grateful to her parents for the example they gave her and her brother, but also beyond their front door to their community and the world, "Thank you mom and dad for making a difference in society. God bless you." I think her parents would reflect that sentiment right back to her.


6 "These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.

7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."

Deuteronomy 6:6-8

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