Angels Among Us - January, 2011 - Michael Floyd of Fort Wayne

By Linda Jackson

January 12, 2011 Updated Jan 12, 2011 at 5:36 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Teacher Michael Floyd of South Side High School in Fort Wayne has taught for 36 years, many of them at Elmhurst High.

He's known for engaging students in the topic of the day using stories, examples, experiences and even trips as his text books.

Long ago, he used his love of story-telling to help create Windsong Pictures... a local film production company, run mostly by students, that's received all kinds of national recognition.

Besides his students, one of his biggest fans is his sister, Patty Brown. She says, besides film-making, Michael has a passion for helping to feed the hungry.

Patty Brown says, "Even as young children, Michael would take me to his friend's house so the three of us could play, and you know, who takes their little kid sister down to their friend's house? But, Michael did that because he cared so much, and that caring has just lasted and lasted and lasted."

Michael Floyd says, "I was very honored that she would do that. It's really a reflection of all the wonderful people associated with Windsong Pictures, here at South Side High School and other places I've been. It's a reflection of the wonderful people with Miss Virginia's Mission House and the St. Mary's Soup Kitchen. I love what I do. But more importantly, I love who I do it with. The people in the back of the room hear me say it all the time, but that's how I feel. I really do."

Two Windsong alums joined-in the current classroom full of students the day we visited so they could all celebrate Mr. Floyd being named "Angel."

I appreciate all the nominations sent-in by viewers.




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