Our Golden Apple Award winner is a teacher who definitely does not like surprises. So of course we had to go to the Mount Morris Career and Tech Center to honor Olie Olson.
Olie Olson brings real world skills and expectations to school everyday. He's taught Metal Trades at the Mt. Morris Career and Tech Center for 19 years and he worked in the business 15 years before that.
Principal Rick McInroy says Mr. Olson's kids graduate with the skills they need for a career. "This teacher touches a lot of lives all through his career. I mean he is unreal in motivating students.
The students that have a really difficult time we a lot of times put them in his class, if they have an interest, and he can always reach them."
Tyler Flynn graduated last year but didn't forget Mr. Olson. He wanted us to give him a golden Apple Award. "Yeah when I first took the class I didn't know what I wanted to do with it and I was just kind of taking it to get out of High School. And halfway through my Junior year, which is my first year here, I knew it was gonna be my career."
Tyler warned us Olie doesn't like surprises. When we walked in he froze and seemed to frown. There have been few times when I've faced the steely glare of a teacher who couldn't have been less excited we were there to honor him for the good things he does for kids. He said "You got me speechless, it doesn't happen often."
Turns out, inside this is a man who cares deeply for his students. Olie Olson teaches by example. His classes have raised close to $50,000 for charity by creating works of art that are auctioned off.
Mr. Olson is an honest and pride filled man who is concerned about everything kids do. "I, We want to be connected to our students and we want them to be successful. Not just in here, but when they leave here you hope they're gonna carry what they've been shown and how we act and demonstrate the professionalism, outside of, outside of the classroom."
Olie Olson is a News 8 Golden Apple Award winner. Look below and you can read the letter tyler sent to us nominating his favorite teacher.
Dear News 8,
I would like to nominate my former BOCES teacher for the Golden Apple Award. I don't think there's anyone more deserving of this award than Olie Olson. I say this because he took a subject I had no knowledge of, and didn't even know why I was taking his class, and he made me want it to be my future.
In the 2 years I took his class we did 2 major charity projects. We sculpted metal figures to be auctioned off. If you could call me that would be awesome because I haven't scratched the surface yet of how great Mr. Olson is.
Graduate, Mount Morris Career and Tech Center