Michael B. KaiserWhether they like it or not, Michael Kaiser’s students are
his for life. This dedication and loyalty have brought success to his
students and to Kaiser. Michael Kaiser has taught elementary school
students in the Floyd County Schools since 1971.

A fervent love and dedication to his students is what drives Kaiser.
He has visited funeral homes, hospitals, student homes, and jails in
order to keep the promise he makes to his students on the first day of
class: “I care about you as a person and I will do everything in my
power to help you be a success now or ten years from now. You are my
students for life whether you like it or not.”

Michael Kaiser earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Indiana
University-Southeast and completed post graduate hours at IU-Southeast,
Purdue University, and the University of Southern Indiana.

Special Recognition

  • 2006 Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship
  • 1998 National Presidential Science Awardee
  • 1995 Inducted into National Teachers Hall of Fame
  • 1995 Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce Achievement in Education
  • 1994 Indiana’s National Christa McAuliffe Fellow
  • 1993 Disney Salutes the American Teacher—top five elem. Teachers in US
  • 1992 Indiana Teacher of the Year
  • 1992   U.S. Space Academy for Outstanding Educators
  • 1992  Sagamore of the Wabash—Indiana’s highest civilian award
  • 1992  Burger King’s National Excellence in Education Award
  • 1992 WHAS-TV ExCEL Award in Education
  • 1992 Citizen’s Fidelity Excellence in Education Award
  • 1992 New Albany-Floyd County Teacher of the Year
  • 1992   Indiana University Southeast:  “Alumni Spotlight”
  • 1990   LEARNING Magazine & Oldsmobile “Professional Best Leadership Award”
  • 1988   Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship