Olathe Automotive Teacher Wins National Award

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, October 15, 2012

An Olathe teacher who barely graduated from high school has been named the best automotive teacher in the country.

Ed Hensley teaches an automotive repair program run by the Olathe School District that has students from 19 area high schools.

The Kansas City Star reported Monday that Hensley learned this month that he was named national instructor of the year by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence.

The 54-year-old Hensley says his teaching is motivated by his own high school experience. He says he was an indifferent student and had few plans when he graduated. And that held him back for years and made supporting his family more difficult.

Hensley says he uses his story to help students understand how important it is to take high school seriously.

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