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ELYRIA, Ohio -- Meet Andy Krakowiak, simply known to everyone as "Mr. K."

"A lot of it has to do with the fact that Krakowiak, our last name, was too difficult for a lot of people to often times to pronounce," said Krakowiak.

Mr. K is in his 31st year as an administrator, teacher and coach at the high school level both at Holy Name High School and now as President at Elyria Catholic High School.

"I think one of the things I treasure the most about having a life that has been spent around young people is that they always provide a strong sense of hope," Krakowiak said.

As a teacher, Mr. K. has taught over 1,800 students and has never forgotten a single one.

"I don't know how he does it. He knows everybody's name in our school, and he can just talk to you like he is your best friend," said Elyria Catholic Senior James Baker.

As a teacher and administrator, Mr. K always keeps it fun and exciting.

"Kids have so much creativity, and when you allow them to express that kind of creativity and it's the most creative teachers who are able to do that, I think kids then buy into the process," said Krakowiak.

Mr. K has become a father figure to so many students.

"He's been a role model for Elyria Catholic; he has been an excellent example of what we stand for at Elyria Catholic," said Senior Ryan Lutke.

"Mr. K is a person of integrity," Rachel Pronesti said.

And one who never has a bad day.

"He's always happy. There is never a moment where he wasn't smiling," added Pronesti.

There are so many words to describe Mr. K but finding the one right word is not easy, even for Andy.

"He's genuine," Krakowiak said.  "What you see is what you get."