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Alberto Flores, educator, counselor and entrepreneur, fondly remembered

Alberto Flores remembers that his father always used to say “the key to open any door you want is education.”

Born in New York, to a Puerto Rican family, he is the oldest of six siblings. Flores recalls the elementary school years as traumatic and emotionally painful.  “At those times, the teachers didn’t understand about other cultures or the children who spoke another language,” he said; “they made you feel inferior.”

He went through very difficult times during those years of his life, so later he was transferred to another school that accommodated his needs as a Latino student. There he met a counselor who guided and mentored him, and that Flores remembers with the highest regard. “I wanted to be like him,” he informed La Prensa when he was interviewed by Claudia Annoni in 2011.

Mr. Flores subsequently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Spanish and Sociology and a minor in Psychology from the University of Toledo. He worked for EOPA as a drug abuse counselor, followed by 37 years as an educator at Libbey High School until her retirement in 2010.

“I used to look at the Hispanic students and remembered when I was like them and I never wanted them to feel the way I felt in the New York’s school.”

Later, Flores received a Master in Special Education for the Gifted and Talented from Bowling Green State University. He was one of the founder members of Excel Program from University of Toledo.

In the last few years prior to his death, he found his new passion in nutrition and together with his wife Mary started their own business as independent distributor for Shaklee.

Albert Flores passed away on June 25, 2012 at the age of 63. ¡Vaya con Díos Señor Flores!

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