Recently, we sat down with instructor Flossie Hollie, who has been a part of Bates Technical College’s faculty for 14 years. 

Instructor Flossie Hollie enjoys being a part of the daily transformation of the students.
Instructor Flossie Hollie enjoys being a part of the daily transformation of the students.

Q: What inspires you each day?

A: That I’m given the opportunity to touch the lives of the dental assistant students each day, and that I get to be part of the daily transformation of their lives. Paying back and paying it forward. Seeing them realize their potential is very inspiring and challenging—yet rewarding.

Q: What is your mission at Bates?

A: My mission (and I have chosen to accept my mission) is to ensure that learning has occurred, and to make a difference.

Q: Why would you encourage military students attending Bates to enroll into your program?

A: I would encourage military students to attend Bates’ Dental Assisting program for these reasons:

  • Its growing demand in industry, and the outlook for employment in this area is available upon successful completion of the program.
  • It is an accredited program by the American Dental Association and a great health care profession.
  • Can be completed within 11 month time frame. And, being a 20-year veteran of the United States Army, Dental Corp, vocational education is very similar to military training, with a hands-on component, and the military student would be somewhat accustomed to this method of training.

Q: What is the best part of being a Bates Technical College faculty member?

A: The best part of being a part of the Bates Technical College faculty is that I get to teach a diverse population of students, and I am able to inspire, educate and challenge them to realize their goals and dreams. To see that students walk across the stage at graduation, and know that I was a part of their success. To be part of an institution that is forward- thinking and evolves with industry, and changes with technology.

Q: If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would that be, and why?

A: Maya Angelou, because she was an “overcomer” and shared great wisdom with her poems, stories, and words.

“If you get, give.  If you learn, teach.”  -Maya Angelou


  1. I want to thank Flossie for choosing to stay for one more class before she retired, so that we all could be inspired by her. We were all in tears on that last day, but we are very happy for her and want her to be very proud of us and see us graduate next May 2016.