Admittedly, Teacher Assistant Jane Flagler says she tries to fly under the radar. But she’s anything but invisible to the students she’s helping prepare for the TASC exam, formerly known as the “GED” test for high school equivalency.
“Jane has been a tremendous asset to our TASC program and has developed an excellent rapport with our students,” says teacher Jared Halliday. “She has always been very supportive of their individual needs and encourages self-worth and success. The students are very fortunate to have someone like Jane in class who is very compassionate, kind, and is driven to see every student succeed.”
“I try to open a door for them that lets them know they can succeed, and expose these young people to more of what to expect in the world,” Mrs. Flagler says. “I encourage them not to settle for the least, but strive for more.”
In the classroom on the first floor of Glens Falls High School, she helps students with differing needs during instruction—working one-on-one or simply helping them stay on task.
“I also assist with incoming students,” Mrs. Flagler says, “collecting information, updating addresses and phone numbers.” And she has contact with all of her students each school day, since she maintains a call log of students who are absent and calls to check on each one.
"She has great connections with the students and works well with Mr. Halliday,” says principal Mark Stratton. “She works hard and has excellent attendance.”
Mrs. Flagler says the most rewarding part of her job is seeing a student succeed and pass the challenging TACS exam. “Having them return to school to show off their diploma is wonderful.”
Mr. Halliday notes that she is always ready to help and assist him on any project or lesson. “Often asking, ‘is there more I can do for you’, Jane has been a wonderful addition to the classroom.”
A graduate of South Glens Falls High School, Mrs. Flagler grew up locally. She started serving the students of Glens Falls in 1999. When not at work, she is usually participating in her grandchildren’s school-related activities.
“She is a consummate professional and a team player,” says Dr. Stratton.