Folger Award

2016 Recipient

Mike Riley of C4 – Columbus Area Career Connection, has been named the 2016 Edna V. Folger Outstanding Teacher. Riley was honored as a part of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center on March 2, 2016.

Following a 30 year career at Cummins, Mike combined his love of electronics and love of students into a second career teaching for C4. He is a natural born educator who designs authentic learning experiences for his students. Mike’s high-energy classroom involves students of all learning styles and ability levels and sometimes includes first-, second-, and third-year students working together. Outside the classroom, Mike facilitates opportunities for students to apply their skills in activities like FIRST Robotics and the Solar Car competition. His students recently won the national Battle Bots IQ Robotics competition. Mike’s electronics students design the popular holiday musical lights display each year which benefits Love Chapel. Mike’s electronics program is recognized for excellence throughout the state of Indiana and has an impressive 100% re-enrollment rate.

As part of the recognition, Mr. Riley received an inscribed clock from the IUPUC Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), a monetary gift from Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, and his name will be added to a plaque in the Columbus Learning Center listing all previous Folger Award winners.

CTL thanks partners Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies and the Community Education Coalition for supporting this prestigious annual award to recognize excellence in education.

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The Edna V. Folger Outstanding Teacher Award, given by the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) at IUPUC in partnership with the Community Education Coalition and Faurecia, recognizes teachers who are role models for other members of the profession.

The purpose of this annual award is to renew awareness of the immeasurable influence teachers have on students and to recognize the traditional image of the teacher as a community role model.

It is presented to full-time, elementary or secondary classroom teachers working in a Bartholomew County public, private, or parochial school.


Contact the Center for Teaching & Learning at IUPUC for complete details, including nomination instructions and due dates.

In general, nominations should include why the nominee has gone above and beyond the expectations of a good teacher based on his or her:

  • Dedication to the profession
  • Ability to motivate students
  • Teaching competency and ability
  • Innovation in curriculum or style of teaching
  • Relationship to students, parents, and peers
  • Example as a community role model
  • Other contributions