Adult Education Teacher Mike Flaig, of the Scioto County Aspire program, was honored in Columbus on Oct. 25 with the Ohio Association of Adult and Continuing Education (OAACE) Teacher of the Year Award.
“Every year at our annual meeting for adult education there are a few awards given out, and one of the people I work with (Diana Stonerock) put in an application for me to receive this last year and she got in too late. So she resubmitted it this year,” Flaig said, humbly. “I do appreciate it but I’m not anyone special. I just go to work everyday.”
Flaig has been an educator for 43 years, teaching driver’s education, health and physical education. Twenty years ago his brother asked if he’d be interested teaching adult education math classes.
“He handed me a math book and suggested that I start working problems, and step-by-step I taught myself the math that was needed to be effective in this program,” he said.
Flaig insisted on sharing the credit with the entire staff at Scioto County Aspire, calling it the best it’s ever been.
The feeling of respect is mutual throughout the classroom.
“Mike gets to know the student first; he makes them feel comfortable so they are willing and able to learn,” said Aspire Instructor Paula Baumgardner. “Many of his students speak highly of him and how much he has helped.”
“Mike Flaig is a wonderful person,” said Rob Seaman, Scioto County Aspire director. “He’s been so dedicated to our program and our students. He’s more than well-deserving of that award. In my book he’s teacher of the year every year.”
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