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Mr. Michael Liston
Hi, my name is Mike Liston. I have lived in central Ohio most of my life. I am a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Agriculture and I spent 30 years working in the corporate world before finding my way to becoming an educator. During my time in the corporate world I worked part-time as an adult education instructor. I attended Ashland University and Columbus State to earn my teaching certification. I taught middle school science for two years before moving to career tech at Tolles where I have utilized my industry and science backgrounds. I continue to work part-time at Tolles teaching a career tech lab that focuses on natural resources and outdoor careers.
I have been married to my college sweetheart, Nell, for over 33 years. Nell has a degree in occupational therapy from Ohio State University and a degree in special education from University of Dayton. We have two adult children, both of whom are graduates of The Ohio State University. Our oldest child, David, is an aerospace engineer and a captain in the United States Air Force. Our daughter, Mary, is currently attending Ashland to earn her certification as middle school science and language arts teacher. I am also an active member of my church, St. Elizabeth in Columbus and have been a religious education teacher for over 10 years.
We have a big yellow dog, Maddie, that we rescued last October. When I am not doing school things, I enjoy gardening, biking and collecting fossils and rocks.