By: Sharon Aron Baron
A Coral Springs teacher has been nominated as a 2018-2019 LifeChanger of the Year.
Mitchell Comiskey, a science teacher for nearly 20 years at Forest Glen Middle school was nominated by his principal, Ronald Forsman for the national program that celebrates K-12 educators who make a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
Principal Forsman said Comiskey’s students consistently score among the top on state exams, all within the confines of a nurturing and relaxed, yet demanding and intellectual atmosphere where respect for all is not negotiable
“Mitch is a great human being who does not seek the spotlight,” said Principal Forsman. “He led a team in a boat building regatta one weekend and never mentioned it to anyone at the school, other than his students. He devotes a great deal of personal time to his students and his passion. We are fortunate to have Mr. Comiskey here at Forest Glen Middle School.”
Known as a highly respected science teacher who has been working in education for many years, Comiskey has helped his students develop a love for science, the environment and community service. His Ocean Guardians Club participates in many environmental outreach events. He also brings in scientists and guest speakers to help develop the next generation of environmental stewards and activists.
He has personally won numerous awards for science and environmental activism. Among them, the Broward County P3 award for environmental education, as well as a recognition award from the International Bowseat Ocean Awareness competition. He serves on State and Regional committees for coral reef conservation, including Our Florida Reefs and SEFCRI. Comiskey brings these experiences into his classroom to enthusiastically share with his students. He has developed curriculum and served on textbook adoption committees. He is highly sought after as a teacher, as well as a curriculum leader in Broward County.
Comiskey has devoted his life to instilling a love of science in students. His passion is contagious and has spilled over to the community in many ways. He developed the Marine Science program and curricula used at his school. In his role as mentor for new educators and science department chair, he helps colleagues reach their full potential as classroom teachers. He guides the next generation in developing their skills as an instructor and is committed to developing highly skilled teachers to continue the mission.
Comiskey earned National Board Certification in 2004 and has always ranked among the top science teachers in his district by any and all measurable standards.
“Former students of his, now professionals, regard him as one of their finest teachers and instrumental in some of their science career choices,” said Principal Forsman. “He instills a love for science that has clearly made a lifelong impression. His reputation is a big reason students come to Forest Glen Middle School. He has been a part of creating an accelerated curriculum for gifted and high achieving students. This program is well-known, and admission is very competitive.”