Personality profile: Instructor shares joys, challenges of teaching

by Zoe Starks/Staff Writer

          Mindy Weaver-Flask, English teacher, has been teaching for about 19 years. She has taught in both private and public schools in Ohio and Indiana. Before teaching she was in the military as a member of the Ohio National Guard.            

          Flask talked about why she wanted to become a teacher.  “The reason I wanted to become a English teacher was because when I was in school I had an amazing English teacher. That teacher changed the trajectory of my life.”  

          She added, “My favorite thing about teaching is building relationships with my students. I love seeing their growth of reading and writing throughout the years.”

          Flask discussed why she wanted to work at Greenfield-Central. “I chose to work at GCHS because I wanted a change,” she said.

She said, “The most frustrating thing about teaching is the policies of the state of Indiana because of the amount of state testing and the negative outcomes for many of our students.”

 “Some of the everyday challenges I go through are time management. It never feels like there is enough time to look through scores and help my students with all their work.”

        Lauren Silcox, 9, said, “I like how she is very interactive with the class and willing to help anyone.”

        Audrey Pechin, 9, said, “I like how she is helpful and kind to everyone.” Pechin said Mrs. Flask is a very understanding person.

          Silcox said Flask’s teaching style is easy to comprehend and thinks that she is a very helpful teacher.            

      Mrs. Flask said she may not be a classroom teacher in five years. Instead, she will pursue guidance counseling so she can help children in a different capacity.