Year: 2010-2011 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Brentwood College School
2735 Mount Baker Road
Mill Bay BC V0R 2P1
Subjects and grades taught Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Economics for grades 10 to 12
Teaching Approach“Skate to where the puck will be” reads a plaque on Michael Flynn’s office wall … and so equipped with hockey metaphors, he teaches his students to adapt in a fast-moving world. In Mr. Flynn’s classes, students learn to continue the pass, demonstrate teamwork and eventually score the point. A believer that students learn more by doing than just by listening, Mr. Flynn’s classes can even resemble an episode of The Apprentice as students work, implement – and at times even capitalize – on real business ventures.
- From its roots as a small after-school recreational activity, Mr. Flynn was instrumental in the establishment of a comprehensive business department at Brentwood College that includes over ten different full time classes, each of which is in high demand.
- Mr. Flynn creatively built a number of projects for two of his classes around the annual rowing regatta which attracts thousands of spectators, athletes and coaches. Marketing students sell advertising for the regatta program and the entrepreneurship class creates business ventures that come to fruition as a booth that generates real income, has real expenses and requires real capital investment.
- Mr. Flynn got his grade nine students involved in the Toscan Foundation Youth and Philanthropy Project. Students research a local charity and put together a multi-media presentation about their organization. They compete for a $5000 grant that ends up being awarded to the charity of their choice.
"Throughout my three years with Mr. Flynn, I not only further solidified my passion for business in general but had tangible experiences directly related to my potential future career interests; both of these are a direct result of Mr. Flynn’s commitment, leadership and encouragement of student achievement and participation."
"A number [of teachers] had a significant impact on our two children, but from a career and vocation perspective, none was more influential than Mike. Our story is no doubt one of many where Mike’s commitment and innovative approach was an important ingredient into college and career decisions."