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BOWLING GREEN, OHIO – In a groundbreaking collaboration, MBA Research’s High School of Business™ program and Bowling Green State University have joined forces to bring expanded services to students participating in the accelerated high school business program.

MBA Research and Curriculum Center, which developed High School of Business™, and Bowling Green State University’s College of Business Administration signed an Affiliation Agreement on Monday, May 21 in Bowling Green, Ohio. According to the agreement, students who complete the high school program may earn up to six hours of college credit at Bowling Green State University.

“This first-in-the-nation partnership creates a very special opportunity for our High School of Business™ Career-Tech students throughout the country, particularly given the stature of BGSU and its College of Business,” Dr. James Gleason, President/CEO of MBA Research, said. “Students completing this very rigorous Career-Tech program can enter Bowling Green with both academic credits and, of equal importance, a solid understanding of the career field in which they will study.”

The High School Business™ is a college-like high school business program. Approximately 2,200 students are enrolled in the program nationwide.

“The High School of Business allows us to support business education at the high school level and at the same time offer the opportunity for students to smoothly continue their business education at Bowling Green,” Dr. John Hoag, acting Interim Dean of the College of Business, said. “Students completing this program can earn up to six credit hours of college credit which helps move them along their way to a degree. This program is quite unique, and we are looking forward to working with the High School of Business in this endeavor.”

High School of Business™ was created in 2007 after educators and administrators voiced concerns that high school students planning to major in business administration in college did not have access to accelerated courses in their high schools. As a result, the career technical education program was launched in five pilot schools. Today, the program has grown to 48 participating high schools across 15 states. The program is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and is funded and operated by a consortium of 35 state education departments.

The hands-on program prepares students to excel in college business administration programs, such as those offered at Bowling Green State University’s College of Business Administration. High School of Business™ students dive into real projects via project-based learning – an educational method in which students learn concepts while completing projects that often involve collaboration with local businesses.

“We hope that the MBA Research partnership with BGSU will create new opportunities for both organizations as we work to recognize the rigorous program of study completed by Career Tech students earning High School of Business™ certification,” Gleason said.

Through the Eyes of an Administrator: The Why and How of High School of Business

The following is an email interview that took place in September 2011 between Dale Hoerauf, CTE Director of Bismarck Public Schools in Bismarck, North Dakota, and Lisa Berkey, Program Director of High School of Business. First, some background information:
 
  • Bismarck Schools joined High School of Business in 2010/11
  • Initially, two school buildings (grades 10-12) were involved
  • In 2011/12, two junior high buildings (9th graders) were added to offer the Leadership and Wealth Management courses.
  • Two teachers at each high school are enrolled in High School of Business’ summer and fall professional development sessions. One teacher at each junior high will receive training for the two courses mentioned above only.
  • As is required of all High School of Business sites, Bismarck’s program is led by a local steering team comprised of post-secondary faculty, local business professionals, and high school faculty and administrators.
  • College credit agreements are in progress with local institutions.

Lisa Berkey: Thinking back to when you first heard about High School of Business. What piqued your interest? What did the program appear to offer that you, as an administrator, found important?
Dale Hoerauf: My interest was piqued when I saw and understood it was a solid curriculum designed around projects for students.  Quite frankly our programs were not very project based at the time.  We were doing some activities but were not project based.

LB: How has High School of Business contributed to your school’s business/marketing education program?
DH:  We have raised the level of understanding in our school’s business/marketing programs.  We had not been attracting some of the higher level students in the past because I believe they did not see the relevance.  That is changing.

LB: What advice would you give other administrators who are deciding whether to implement the program?
DH: My advice would be to make sure you plan a budget for the HSB and that this is not going to be a one-time “shot in the arm.”  Get community and chamber of commerce involved, and they will be your best supporters.  Most important is the 9th grade classes (Wealth Management and Leadership) so you can begin the journey through the HSB courses.

LB: Has the program improved your relationships with your local business community? Area colleges and universities?
DH: It has greatly improved our relationships with colleges. They also see the relevance of what we are teaching and now want to sit at the table with us to discuss Dual Credit. The monthly steering team meetings have been a good way of staying in contact with the Chamber.

LB: Please add any other comments you believe would be helpful for administrators who are considering the program.
DH: My last comment would be the collaboration time our HSB teachers have spent since HSB was adopted in Bismarck. Our district has implemented PLC’s (Professional Learning Communities). High School of Business was and is based off the PLC model. Except it takes it one step further by collaborating with other schools around the nation and businesses in the community.

Why aren’t there computer courses in the High School of Business program?

As students become computer savvy at earlier ages, we believe that many of them will arrive in high school with basic Microsoft Office skills.  In addition, most students are capable of learning these skills as they need them in courses.  The following quote sums up this philosophy:

If you try to separate "computer class" from the rest of the curriculum, students might learn "computer", but the real goal should be to teach them to use it as a tool, just like pencil and paper, crayons, calculators, and so forth.
-- Lynn Ewing, Chenowith Schools, Oregon

My school operates using a block schedule, and the High School of Business™ courses are designed as 50-minute semester courses.  Is there a remedy?

Yes.  We recommend that courses be grouped in pairs to fit block schedules.  The High School of Business™ Handbook offers sample schedules for consideration.

My school is small. Will HSB work here?

Yes, but consider the following in your planning process: 
  • Students work in teams frequently. Teams need at least 3 members, so the curriculum can work in a class as small as 3.
  • If your school requires a minimum enrollment for a course to be offered, know that schools participating in HSB must "offer the courses in a manner in which a student can complete the program prior to graduating".  If classes are not offered due to low enrollment, that could be a problem.
  • The role of the counselor(s) is crucial in all schools, but in particular small schools where HSB will be limited to one section per semester. Courses must be scheduled so students can take them or your HSB cohort will shrink.  For example, if band/choir is scheduled at same time as the only section of HSB, that could be a conflict for students.
  • HSB projects include frequent interaction with local business professionals. What is your business community like? If your town is small, fruitful connections become even more important because you'll have a limited number of people to call on. 
  • Cultivating relationships with parents is crucial. Strong parents in a small community can assist the teacher(s) and the program with finding guest speakers, internship hosts, promoting the value of the program, etc.
  • Career-tech student organizations (DECA, FBLA, BPA) are a good complement to the HSB curriculum. They also add competition excitement that encourages students to stay in your programs. 

 

As with any school, setting up valuable benefits for students who complete HSB will encourage more students to complete the program. Most schools have aligned High School of Business™ courses with a local college for credit. HSB provides documentation of that precedent that is a powerful conversation starter between schools who join the program and a local college. Other benefits could be designating HSB courses as weighted or honors-level, setting up scholarships with local colleges, offering educational field trips to businesses or even somewhere like the NYSE.

Where are the accounting courses?

In keeping with the spirit of project and problem-based pedagogy, decision-making from a managerial accounting viewpoint is a key part of the Principles of Finance course.  Through learning the “whys” of accounting before the “hows” of debits and credits, students will learn to think critically regarding accounting and financial decisions.  In addition, the project-based nature of High School of Business™ courses lends naturally to solving cross-functional problems.  Therefore, students will analyze business problems using accounting and financial information in several of the courses.  Those students who wish to become accountants will go on to post-secondary training, where the mechanics of debits and credits are covered extensively. 

Can my Perkins funding dollars be applied to High School of Business?

The guidelines for the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act are in keeping with the policies, procedures, and philosophies of High School of Business™.  That being said, the federal government has charged each state with interpreting Perkins.  Therefore, schools should check with their state departments of education to verify that Perkins funding will apply to the High School of Business™ program.

Do the core course faculty really need to attend professional development?  What if a teacher has years of experience teaching a similar course?

It is important, and indeed required, that each teacher attend both Pedagogy Training and Course Content Training prior to teaching High School of Business™ courses.  There are several reasons for this: a) the project and problem-based pedagogy is new or modified for most teachers, b) the ever-changing business environment leads to frequent updates in course content.  For example, even teachers who have taught marketing for years will benefit from the timely content of Principles of Marketing training, and c) the tertiary goal of the training sessions is to build a network of teaching professionals that can work together to share problems, ideas, and successes throughout the school year.  They will form a cohort group that communicates online and in-person at future training sessions. 

How can I get my students interested in the program?  They have so many commitments already.

This question can be answered in two ways: a) why should a student be interested in the program?, and b) how can I generate awareness of the program? 

a) There are many reasons why a student should be interested in the program.  These include:

  • Near or at college-level curriculum prepares them for college.  This may not be the case with your school’s existing business and marketing programs.
  • A complete series of business administration courses ensures a solid preparation for college business programs.  In addition, having a program established (as opposed to stand-alone courses) gives purpose and focus to students’ elective choices.
  • Project and problem-based learning gets students actively involved in their education and can whet their appetites to learn more than in traditional classroom lecture settings
  • Team projects prepare students for the group projects they will face in college.
  • High School of Business™ is the ultimate answer to the age-old question, “how will I ever use this stuff?”
  • Though High School of Business™ is new, the program’s name will grow to mean “high-quality business education” to parents, colleges, etc.  Being part of this branded program is another avenue for adding weight/status to a student’s education.

 

b) How can educators generate awareness of the program?

  • Schools that participate in High School of Business™ will be provided with ideas and materials for generating awareness.  These include brochures, posters, sample letters to send students and parents, etc.
  • Hold informational sessions for students and parents during school and after school
  • Emphasize the college-prep aspects of the program to assist students and parents in understanding the purpose of enrolling in High School of Business™.

 

How do CTSOs fit in to the program?

CTSOs are a valuable part of many high school business and marketing programs.  MBA Research believes that the experiences students encounter in CTSOs can result in substantial growth in many areas.  Although High School of Business™ does not contain a CTSO component, schools are encouraged to explore these partnerships at a local level.

Tell me more about student assessments.

Every project in the High School of Business program (and there are over 30) includes a broad array of individual and team-based assessments. The most commonly used are weekly quizzes, project assessment rubrics, individual written reports, team oral presentations, and standards-focused work within the program's online learning management center. In addition, every course ends with a national third-party online examination. 

How do students complete the program? Is there a certification?

The High School of Business curriculum and its six end-of-course national exams, developed by MBA Research and Curriculum Center, are based on industry-validated standards and performance indicators. Backed by extensive business-based primary and secondary research, these challenging curriculum standards address current, relevant skills and knowledge needed by employees in the workplace. 

Students who successfully complete all six courses in the High School of Business program receive a certificate of achievement from MBA Research and Curriculum Center. 

Founded in 2007, the High School of Business program is recognized by post-secondary institutions across the U.S. as a rigorous, viable curriculum for college-bound students. As such, in accordance with Perkins IV, the High School of Business program can be viewed as the grades 10-12 component of a comprehensive secondary/post-secondary program of study culminating in an Associate or Baccalaureate degree. 

For district/states interested in an end-of-program exam, we suggest the ASK Business Institute's Fundamental Business Concepts exam.  More information can be found at www.askinstitute.org.

My school has some courses that are very similar to those in High School of Business™.  Can we keep these and add them into the program?

In order for students across the country to receive a consistent education, it is important for schools to implement the specialized High School of Business™ curriculum.  That will ensure that as the program grows, college admissions officers can be assured that a student completing High School of Business™ in Florida has received the same high-quality education as a student who completes the program in Idaho.  While High School of Business™ does not go as far as to say that schools may not add courses to the program, we do ask schools to proceed with caution.  All High School of Business™ students must complete the six required courses.  Adding courses beyond those may prevent students with full schedules from enrolling in the program at all.

May schools modify High School of Business™ courses?

Courses may only be modified by MBA Research. Teachers are encouraged to contact us directly with concerns about the curriculum or suggested changes.  As a national program, participating schools agree to maintain the quality standards and content of all the courses. Teachers may choose to add on to the materials provided for a High School of Business™ course, but must ensure that courses still meet the standards indicated.

Teachers and administrators at participating High School of Business™ schools -- please help us share the benefits of High School of Business™ with other schools. Below are materials you may choose to distribute at meetings, conferences, and events. 

Brochure - Program Overview

PowerPoint - Program Overview.  Includes presentation notes.

Ambassador Packets

If you'd prefer to receive printed materials for distribution, send your request here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Include your mailing address and quantity of materials needed.  Your packet will also include two name tag ribbons and tips for explaining the High School of Business™ program to others. Thank you!

Name tag ribbons

Red High School of Business™ ribbons that adhere to the bottom edge of conference name tags are available. Wear these at education conferences and meetings. Going to state, regional, or national student competitions? Order enough for all students, teachers, and administrators to wear while there. To request ribbons at no cost, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Industry-based Business/Marketing Education

More students will choose business than any other career, with the possible exception of health care.  Even within the STEM framework, you’ll find significant career opportunities.  Think market research, technical sales, finance, economics, accounting, etc. 

Build a comprehensive program that compliments and enhances STEM, STEAM, and comparable CTE initiatives:

  • Add a rigorous, research-based business administration program of study. 
  • Upgrade your legacy business/marketing programs to better align with core business skills.
  • Move beyond basic technology and computer apps to better align with college business majors and industry certification requirements.
  • Connect your CTSO activities with curricula and research-based standards.
  • Focus on those skills and concepts that will matter most to your students as they transition from high school to the real world.
  • Build a direct connection to industry-sponsored certifications.
  • Address workplace ready skills to strengthen work-based learning experiences and ensure that they are truly connected to the core business administration curriculum.
  • Embed ethical decision-making skills that are increasingly called out by human resource experts as critical to employment and progression in most career fields.


As your not-for-profit research partner, our team of researchers, writers, and professional development counselors is available to support your needs.   We can help.  Use our research and tools to do it yourself, or engage our staff to help design a custom program.  Consider:

  • Industry-validated standards, available free, provided the foundation that ensures your curricula will truly align with what industry says matters.  Our research efforts focus on careers in:
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance (including specialized pathways in banking, insurance, etc.)
    • Hospitality management
    • Management (including project management, administration, and more)
    • Marketing (including research, professional selling, brand management, etc.)  
  • Programs of Study, including two, three, and four-credit options and multiple levels of rigor to best meet your specific needs.   Free, frequently updated program of study models are available for entrepreneurship, finance, management, and marketing. 
  • Course Guides that provide specific week-by-week guidance to deliver on each program of study are tied directly to the research-based, industry-validated standards.  Guides are available free, compliments of a generous grant from the Daniels Fund. 
  • Learning Modules (comprehensive lesson plans) ensure that day-to-day learning experiences are anchored by the validated standards and that all learning activities have meaningful outcomes connected to certifications and other proof of learning.  Some 300 up-to-date, research-based modules are available individually or as part of our comprehensive, online MBA Learning Center. Many are underwritten by the Daniels Fund grant and are available free.  
  • Certification/Proof of Learning completes the systems-based approach to program design that started by asking the business community what matters most.  Options range from micro-credentials (digital badges) approved in your local classroom, to comprehensive, business-sponsored credentials delivered via our A*S*K Business Institute (Institute for Assessment of the Skills and Knowledge of Business).


We can help!

Whether you’re ready to open a new program or simply want to strengthen your existing programs of study, we’re anxious to support your efforts.  Options include;

Let’s get started: Email your questions or needs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll get you in touch with the right person.

MBA Research is your not-for-profit partner whose mission is simply to support quality business administration programs through research, business engagement, and instructional design.  We’re operated by a consortium of 27 state education departments.  Learn more.

The MBA Teacher Advisory Network counsels the organization’s staff regarding work to support high school and college business and marketing education nationwide.  Advisers provide both structured and informal feedback on a wide range of national initiatives designed to ensure that local programs align curricula with needs of the business community with the ultimate goal of ensuring that high school and college graduates develop key skills critical to employability. 

Teachers selected for the network were screened on the basis of professional qualifications, including experience with contemporary business curricula, active support of an appropriate student organization such as BPA, DECA, or FBLA, engagement of the local business community, and proof-of-learning activities such as testing and realistic project work.

To maintain their positions in the network, teachers will undergo annual training and orientation and participate in a variety of distance-based activities including conference calls, webinars, and survey work.

In exchange for their participation in the unpaid advisory network, advisers’ schools will receive a number of direct benefits, including free access to the online MBA Learning Center, professional development activities for the adviser, and free use of various proof-of-learning assessments used nationally.

Teachers from throughout the nation were named to the network this spring and will serve three-year terms.  (Additional appointments will be made each spring.) Future Appointments

Weigh in with your ideas and suggestions regarding agenda topics or suggest areas for consideration by the Teacher Advisory Network.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Appointees by state:

Alabama 

Appointed July 1, 2018
Danyelle Hillman is a Business/Marketing Education teacher at Muscle Shoals High School, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where she has taught for the past 11 years. While teaching Business/Marketing Education classes such as Sports Marketing and Advanced Business Technology Applications, she is also a DECA Adviser and Varsity Cheer Coach. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Instructional Technology and Distance Education.

 

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2019
April Smith is a Business Education teacher at Samson High School, in Samson, Alabama. While teaching Business Education classes such as Business Technology, Multimedia Publications, and Sports Marketing, she is also the FBLA Adviser and SGA Sponsor. She also serves on the Alabama FBLA Admin. Board. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Student Affairs and plans to further her education with and obtain her Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership. Aside from being a teacher, April enjoys traveling, spending time with family and watching Alabama Football and the Atlanta Braves. She and her husband have 3 children that keep them busy with football, cheer, and baseball.

 

 

Arizona 

Appointed July 1, 2018
Patricia "Tricia" White. As a high school teacher for the past 26 years for the Peoria Unified School District in Glendale, Arizona, Tricia has taught business, marketing, economics, internship and physical education courses. She currently is the DECA Advisor at Sunrise Mountain High School and previously coached cross country, softball and track for ten plus years. In addition to DECA, Tricia is currently department chair at her high school and was the Marketing chair for five years in her district.

Tricia was born in California but raised in Arizona. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1992 from Arizona State University and her Masters in Educational Leadership in 2005 from Northern Arizona University. She is a member of the Arizona Marketing Educator’s Association and the Peoria Education Association. She a recipient of the Rising Star Award from Arizona DECA and a recipient of the Pride of Peoria from Peoria Unified School District.

Aside from being a teacher, Tricia enjoys traveling, playing softball, hiking, biking and many more outdoor activities with her husband of 29 years. Although she and her husband have no children, she considers her students as her children. Many students continue to keep in contact with her on a quarterly or yearly basis – even students from her first years of teaching.

Before going back to college to become a teacher, Tricia worked in advertising for Arizona’s main newspaper, the Arizona Republic. It was then that she decided to go back to college and pursue her education degree. She wanted to give back to this world by nurturing children who need guidance and the confidence to reach their aspirations and become their best possible self. 

California 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Willene Biere has been the Business Academy teacher/Director for the last 19 years at Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, CA. The Business Academy program is a California Partnership Academy (CPA) and is only one 17 academies to be a Lighthouse Academy. The senior level class has competed in several competitions with Virtual Enterprises and has come back with awards in Marketing Plan, catalog design, Venture Capital and job interview to name a few. Teaching is her second career; her background includes retail, banking and finance.  Willene received her master in Curriculum and Instruction at Concordia University in Irvine 2014. She also finished Leadership Development Institute in June 2015.

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Tony Raffetto has been teaching Business classes in Northern California for over 20 years. He is currently a Business Teacher at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, CA. He has started a financial literacy course for the first time in our district and is currently implementing a Business Pathway at Wilcox. Tony is also the Co-Adviser for the DECA chapter at the school. When the school day is over he coaches basketball. He has been the head coach at San Mateo High School and at Skyline College. He had very successful records and won championships at both places. He is currently an assistant basketball coach at West Valley College.

 

 

 

Colorado 

Appointed July 1, 2019
JoLynn Baral is currently the MBA Research High School of Business (HSB) Teacher, DECA Advisor, and FBLA Advisor at Fort Lupton High School (CO) and has also taught both business education and special for the last 10 years. She is also the Colorado DECA District 7 Advisory Board Member. Since starting the HSB program Mrs. Baral has increased enrollment in the business and marketing programs at Fort Lupton High School along with gaining Concurrent Enrollment College Credit from AIMS Community College based out of Greeley Colorado. She works very closely with the Fort Lupton Chamber of Commerce to ensure her students are learning and applying the business skills that local business are looking for in employees. Since becoming the Fort Lupton DECA Advisory, Mrs. Baral has grown the program by 712%, meaning from 8 members to 57 members strong and had the schools 1st DECA ICDC qualifier in 12 years this past year. Mrs. Baral was born and raised in Wyoming and has lived in Colorado for the past 20 years. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary and Middle School Business Education from the University of Wyoming along with 30 Master Credits in Special Education Generalist.

Appointed July 1, 2017
Mary K. Schiefer is a High School of Business Teacher at Pomona Senior High School (CO) where she has been teaching since 2000. She currently serves as Business Department Manager and designed and implemented courses to teach Web Site Development and Web Site Management. She facilitates the student management of Pomona High School's website and is the sponsor of the DECA and FBLA chapters at her school. She also operates the school store. She has her Master’s degree from Colorado Christian University with an emphasis in integrating technology into the classsroom and her Bachelor’s from Iowa State University.

 

 

Connecticut 

Appointed July 1, 2018
Pamela Garrett is excited to join the TAN with MBA and is in her 6th year as a Business/Marketing Teacher/DECA Advisor at Shelton High School in CT. With over 25 years in marketing and entrepreneurial experience, she enjoys bringing real world learning into to her classroom and has integrated MBA curriculum to support this learning. As a DECA Advisor, Pam has had the honor of working with students awarded top rank at the state and national levels. SHS business students are busy developing their marketing skills through the newly re-opened school store ‘Gael Goods’, on-campus digital marketing signage and taste testing’s to support our provider, Whitsons Food Service Corp. Pam holds her MAT, Marketing, Educational Technology and 092 Certifications through Sacred Heart University in Fairfield CT, was awarded District TOY for Brookfield Public Schools in 2015-16, and is a Golden Apple Award recipient for Shelton Public Schools in 2017.

Appointed July 1, 2018
Christina Rusate is currently the Career & Technology Education Department Chair at Trumbull High School in Trumbull, CT. Prior to this role, Ms. Rusate spent 10 years in the Business Education classroom at Stratford High School. Her philosophy of education focuses on engaging students in authentic learning tasks to provide them with the skills necessary for college and career readiness.

 

 

 

 

Idaho 

Appointed July 1, 2019
Della Grice is currently a business and marketing teacher and DECA Co-Advisor for Post Falls High School in Post Falls, Idaho. Della earned a B.S. in Business Education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1985. This is Della’s 21st year in the classroom. The first twelve years of her teaching career took place in Oklahoma where she launched new marketing programs in two school districts and advised new DECA chapters in those same districts. Della started her own business in 1998 and operated that until her move to Pocatello, Idaho in 2006. Before her move to north Idaho, Della taught in the Pocatello-Chubbuck School District and advised the Century High School Chapter of BPA. Della has participated in the MBA Research Leadership Forum since 2017.

 

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2019
Tami Perez is currently an online business and marketing teacher for Idaho Technical Career Academy in Meridian, Idaho and an adjunct professor at College of Southern Idaho. Tami earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Idaho State University and a Master of Education from the University of Idaho. The first 10 years of her career was in payroll and human resources for Idaho school districts. This is her 10th year in the classroom. Tami was the first High School of Business site in Idaho and spent six years at a project-based learning New Tech Network high school. She shares her love of PBL by training new teachers. Tami is currently an advisor for Business Professionals of America (BPA).

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2019
Matt Schneiderman is currently a business and marketing teacher for Caldwell High School in Caldwell, Idaho and an adjunct professor at Treasure Valley Community College in Idaho/Oregon. Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Colorado Technical University, education minor from University of Idaho, an MBA in Operations Management and an MBA in Marketing, both from Colorado Technical University. The first 23 years of his career was a combination of serving in the Idaho Army National Guard and working in the locomotive manufacturing industry starting as a production mechanic and welder and later moving into management positions. This is his 6th year in the classroom as a secondary instructor. Matt has helped open the 6th High School of Business site in Idaho and has participated in the MBA Research Leadership Forum since 2017. Matt is currently an advisor for Business Professionals of America (BPA).

Iowa 

Appointed July 1, 2018
Jori Lizer, Southeast Valley High School
Bio coming soon! 

Appointed July 1, 2018
Abbie Weipert found her passion for education after ten years in the finance industry. She currently teaches Personal Finance, Career Exploration, Web Design, Economics, and technology courses for English language learners at West High School in Iowa City, Iowa. At West she is also the co-advisor for BPA and serves on the state board as the secondary representative. Abbie earned a degree in Finance and an MBA from The University of Iowa.

 

 

 

Kentucky 

Appointed July 1, 2019
Edward Crutchleo is in his third year as a Business Instructor, TEDs Coordinator, Student Council Sponsor, and FBLA Advisor at Dayton Independent High School in Dayton, Kentucky. He serves at the school on the Technical Advisory Committee, STEM Bike Club, and Dayton Grow Team. Ed received both an MBA with an emphasis in Management and a MAT from Thomas More University. He currently serves on the Kentucky Business Education Association Board of Directors and is the KBEA Region 4 Representative. He has presented at various conferences on building relationships with students and creating various business classes.

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2019
Amber Florence is starting her 4th year as a business and marketing teacher at Harrison County Area Technology Center. She received her Bachelor's from Midway and Master's from Morehead State University. She has been an FBLA adviser since her first year of teaching. She teaches several courses with a few being offered as dual credit to her students. Entrepreneurship is her favorite course to teach because it helps to build so many connections with the community. She is very active with her local Chamber of Commerce as an ambassador, and she is excited to soon start a JR. Ambassador group with the Chamber for her students.

 

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Will Morgan is a national instructor for the High School of Business program at Eastern High School (KY) and a retired Army Warrant Officer who specialized in budget management and managed a culturally diverse workforce of military and civilian employees. After the Army, Will worked in manufacturing, specializing in supply chain management, special projects operations, budget management and staffing large complex departments. Will later entered the world of academia as a high school instructor and part-time facilitator with University of Phoenix. Will has instructed courses ranging from web design, German language, critical thinking, finance and marketing, to action research. Will utilizes his educational background which includes a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral work in management, seeking personal and professional improvement while sharing with others. 

 

Michigan 

Appointed July 1, 2018
Kim Guest is currently a coordinator for online education experiences as well as an instructor for Risk Management and Insurance at Genesee Career Institute in Flint, Michigan. She previously taught business, marketing, and finance at Kearsley High School where she was the DECA advisor. Kim has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Administration with a concentration in CTE along with a Master’s Degree in Education Technology. She has served on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board and Michigan DECA Advisory Board. She was also a teacher leader for the Economics in Marketing initiative in the state. She has worked on various curriculum alignment projects and co-chaired the Michigan Summer Marketing Academy sponsored by MME for several years. Kim has presented at numerous state and national conferences, most recently at Conclave.

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Nina Merget is currently a business/marketing teacher at Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She also serves as the DECA Advisor and Work-Based Learning Coordinator. Her students operate the "Hawk's Nest" school store, a Gold-Certified DECA School-Based Enterprise. Nina holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction as well as a bachelor's degree in marketing from Michigan State University. Prior to becoming an educator, Nina worked as a sales and marketing professional in the oil industry. Nina is an active member of the Michigan Marketing Educator's association and is currently president. She has been co-chair of the annual fall professional development conference, frequently she taught a variety of breakout sessions, and she coordinated several other curriculum-related projects for the membership. Nina is a founding member of the Oakland County Marketing Referent Group and has led the efforts to encourage teachers from throughout the county to collaborate and share best practices. Lastly, she has chaired the Oakland County Marketing Advisory Committee for the past three years.

Appointed July 1, 2019
Jennifer Milke is a Marketing, Small Business, and Personal Finance teacher, as well as a DECA advisor at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights, MI. Jennifer received her BS in secondary education from Central Michigan University and is vocationally certified in marketing and business. She received her Master’s in public administration with an emphasis in educational administration at the University of Michigan Flint. She became an International DECA Certified Trainer in 2012 and trained teachers at the the state and regional levels. She has been on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board since 2009, and served as the president and secretary. In 2010, Jennifer received the Dr. Jack T. Humbert New Professional of the Year Award. She was selected as a lead teacher for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Marketing in Economics Curriculum Integration Grant administered through Berrien RESA. Her leadership resulted in the development of 45 lesson plans aligned to the State’s economics standards allowing teachers to grant state graduation credit through State Approved Marketing Education Programs.

Minnesota 

Appointed July 1, 2019
Holly Boisjolie is a Business and Marketing Teacher at Blaine High School where she is also a Computer Science Teacher in the Center for Engineering, Mathematics, and Science (CEMS) program. Holly has taught a variety of Business and Marketing courses and CEMS Computer Science courses throughout her teaching career. Holly is the Business Internship Coordinator, School Store Advisor, Business Professionals of America (BPA) Advisor, Co-Department Leader at Blaine and is the district Curriculum Specialist Teacher (CST) for the Business and Marketing Department. Before teaching Holly worked in Sales and Marketing, gaining industry experience that she brings to the classroom. Holly has her Associates of Applied Science Degree in Marketing, Bachelors of Science in Business and Marketing Education with a minor in Business Administration, and her Masters in Education.

Appointed July 1, 2019
Margot Cowing is a Marketing, Business, and Economics teacher and DECA advisor at Chanhassen and Chaska High Schools in Minnesota. Prior to relocating to Minnesota, she served as a DECA advisor and CTE Department Chair at Bentonville High School in Bentonville, Arkansas. She engages her students through personalized, project-based learning and community partnerships that provide authentic learning experiences. As a 10-year DECA advisor, she has had many students place in the Top 10 and Top 20 at DECA's International Career Development Conferences (ICDC), and has even had 1st - 3rd place winners. Margot received a Business Administration degree from the University of Maine and a Masters of Education in Curriculum Instruction with emphasis on Career and Technical Education from the University of Arkansas. Her work experience also includes 6 years as a consumer advisor in direct marketing for LEGO Systems, Inc. She has been married for 25 years to her husband, Roy, and has 4 children. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling and cooking.

Mississippi 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Dre’ Helms has taught for almost 13 years in Rankin County School District in central Mississippi. Her previous work experience includes technology curriculum writing for a private company and workforce training for Copiah-Lincoln Community College. She is the co-founder and lead teacher of the Talon Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) Academy and is a DECA advisor and a TAN member. She is the wife of John, mother of Logan and Holden, and an avid sports fan.

 

 

 

Missouri 

Appointed July 1, 2019
Megan Bruce is a Business and Marketing Educator at Fort Zumwalt South High School in Saint Peters, Missouri. She has taught for the past 10 years and has been a DECA Advisor for the past 5 years. Megan earned her Masters in Education with an Emphasis in Technology from Lindenwood University in 2012 and obtained her Bachelor of Science in AgriBusiness Management from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 2006.

 

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2019
Angela Spitznagel, Mehlville High School
Bio coming soon! 

Nevada 

Appointed July 1, 2018
Gabriel Silva is excited to have just begun his 11th year as Program Leader for the Business, Marketing & Hospitality Program at East Career & Technical Academy. East Career and Technical Academy is an MSA Certified National Demonstration Magnet School in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was recently awarded the Ronald P. Simpson Award for Magnet School of Excellence, which means that East Tech is the #1 Magnet School in America for the 2018-2019 School Year. It is a Title I School and the only five-star school in the state that serves an FRL population of over 70%. Gabriel brings to the classroom over 15 years of corporate experience, and he has been a Business & Marketing classroom teacher for fifteen years. He has served as the President of the Nevada Business Education Association and has just completed a three-year term on the Nevada DECA Board of Trustees and an Advisor Representative. Currently, he serves as a member of the Nevada ACTE Board. He has been the advisor of the East CTA DECA since it was established in 2008 and in the school year of 2018, East Tech DECA boasted a membership of 255 students (130 of them competed at SCDC), 22 alumni, and 20 professionals, earning East Tech the title of Largest DECA Chapter for the state of Nevada. Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from Azusa Pacific University.

Appointed July 1, 2018
Kristen Stuart is in her 20th year of teaching. She teaches at West Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, NV. Kristen has received her MBA with an Accounting Emphasis. She is the FBLA co-advisor, and under her leadership, students place regularly at FBLA State Conference competitions. Kristen received the NV FBLA Southern Region Adviser of the Year award in 2010 and was also awarded Nevada Business Education Teacher of the Year in 2008. She has also been an active member on the NV ACTE board as well as the NV BEA Board. She is a third year teacher in the High School of Business™ program. Kristen has also served on several state standards and curriculum committees in the Business and Marketing strands and she is currently working on completing her National Board Certification in CTE.

 

 

North Carolina 

Appointed July 1, 2019
Michelle Bardsley is a career and technical education (CTE), business, finance, IT, and marketing educator with Guilford County Schools, North Carolina. For eight years, Michelle has successfully implemented MBA Research materials and strategies into classroom instruction. She is a lead teacher in Guilford County and North Carolina Virtual Public Schools, who implements technology, effective instructional strategies, project-based learning, and real-world experiences to motivate students toward strong academic success. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration-finance from Old Dominion University. She serves on her school's Instructional Leadership (ILT) and SREB teams, and is an FBLA Advisor and Microsoft Innovative Educator. She holds certifications in Word, PowerPoint, and A*S*K Marketing & Entrepreneurship. Michelle has presented at numerous NC CTE conferences, managed FBLA conferences, and directed a summer STEM camp. She has a passion to encourage educators, equip her students with 21st century career skills, and build solid relationships with local community stakeholders.

Appointed July 1, 2019
Tessa Brown is a Business/Marketing/Digital Media teacher at East Henderson High School, part of Henderson County Public Schools system in Western North Carolina. She has a BA in Communications and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from North Greenville University, as well as her Real Estate license. Tessa has taught for the past eight years; serving as Department Chair, on the School Improvement Team and the state Marketing Curriculum Revision Team. She had 10+ years in business before entering education, where she has taught a variety of classes including Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Sports Marketing, Digital Media, Principles of Business and Adobe Visual/Digital Design. She is also an advisor for Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). She loves connecting her curriculum to the “real-world” by getting her students involved through projects and hands-on learning experiences.

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2019
Connie Whidbee is dedicated to helping students develop and possess the needed skills for college and career readiness. She is a Business and Marketing Teacher at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. She currently teaches Principles of Business and Finance, Entrepreneurship I, Entrepreneurship II, and Business Law, and is a co-advisor for FBLA. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, a Teacher Certification from Elizabeth City State University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Strayer University. She holds a Fundamental Business Concepts A*S*K Certification. She is a proud mom of three young adults – Jonathan is an attorney, Joshua is an engineer and Gia is a nursing student.

 

Ohio 

Appointed July 1, 2018
Vallie Robeson is a Marketing Instructor and DECA Advisor at Clay High School in Oregon, Ohio. Vallie received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Marketing and Management from Ohio University and her Master of Education in Business and Marketing Education from Bowling Green State University. She strives to provide her students authentic learning experiences. Her students operate a school store and opened the first student-run credit union in Northwest Ohio in September 2017. Vallie has served in various leadership roles on the Executive Board for the Ohio Marketing Educators Association acting as Communications Chair and President. She is also the Director of Ohio DECA’s Summer Leadership Retreat and has served on Ohio DECA’s Executive Council. Vallie was awarded the Ohio ACTE Pacesetter Award for Marketing Education in 2013 and 2017.

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Nadine Scott is a Marketing Instructor and DECA Advisor for the Penta Career Center at Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Over the past twenty years, she has taught several courses and is currently teaching Digital Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Marketing Applications and Strategic Entrepreneurship. Mrs. Scott holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bowling Green State University in business and secondary education. She received her Master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University. Her work experience also includes eleven years in the financial services industry and teaching at a local community college. Nadine’s leadership roles include Ohio Marketing Education Association executive board where she has held the titles of membership chair and president. For the past ten years, Nadine has been a co-chair for DECA District 2 and has been instrumental in organizing several DECA events. She has been a top-ten honored educator for Ottawa County on three separate occasions. In 2012, she received the Ohio ACTE Outstanding CTE Professional in Community Service. 

Oklahoma 

Appointed July 1, 2018
Andrea Long has over 20 years of teaching experience in business and computer courses in both the traditional high school as well as the technology center. She holds a Business Education degree with a Vocational Business Endorsement and she is a National Board Certified instructor. She currently teaches courses under both the Finance and the Business Management & Administration career clusters at Northwest Technology Center in Alva, Oklahoma. She is the adviser for both the secondary and post-secondary chapters of Business Professionals of America on her campus. She has served on numerous committees at both the local and state level. Andrea currently serves on the advisory board for the Business, Marketing and Information Technology Education (BMITE) division of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education (ODCTE). She has held the titles of BMITE Reporter for two terms and the BMITE Webmaster for one term at the ODCTE. Besides smaller conferences, Andrea has presented at the High Schools That Work National Conference as well as the Oklahoma Association for Career and Technical Education (OkACTE) Summer Conference. Andrea was selected as the recipient of the 2011 OkACTE BMITE Outstanding Northwest Region Member and in 2009 the OkACTE BMITE New Professional Award.

Appointed July 1, 2018
Katrina McDowell is the Marketing/Management Instructor and DECA Advisor at High Plains Technology Center in Woodward, Oklahoma. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and her Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She spent 20 plus years in the business world which included owning her own retail store, before becoming an instructor.

 

 

 

Oregon 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Judy Brown, Mountain View Middle School
Bio coming soon! 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Corri Ellis is a teacher at Molalla High School (OR) and also teaches at Clackamas Community College. She is the FBLA chapter advisor and is proud to have one of her students serve as FBLA president for Oregon this year.  Prior to that she was the business teacher at Sterling Education and headed the business department for 36 schools across the US and Canada. Corri obtained her Bachelors degree in Business and Leadership from Marylhurst University, MAT from Marylhurst University, Masters in Administration from Concordia University of Chicago, and is currently working on her MBA. 

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Chris Pendleton is a business teacher at Hidden Valley High School in Oregon and is the founder and Executive Director of the Josephine County Foundation.  He is an advisor for FBLA and has presented at numerous conferences.  Chris brings his experience in E-Learning, leadership, faculty management, designing and teaching online courses, and developing unique instructional strategies that include embedding emerging technology with academic content.

 

 

 

Pennsylvania 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Patricia LeCompte is the instructor of both Marketing Education and Hotel, Resort & Tourism Management at Monroe Career & Technical Institute in the Pocono Mountains of PA.  She has been actively involved in the development of the high school curriculum and textbook with the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute (AHLA-EI) and was honored as the AHLA-EI 2012 International High School Hospitality Teacher of the Year.  Patty has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Career & Technical Educators as both Teacher of the Year and for having the Exemplary Program of the Year.

Honored as the 2017 Pennsylvania DECA Advisor of the Year, Patty has been active in the CTSO since she served as a three term New York DECA State Officer.  Her late husband Don was also a Past State President, as was their son Donald more recently.  Keeping it in the family, her son is widely known as “DECA Donald” and is the Immediate Past Executive/International President of DECA.

The LeComptes owned and operated a 1000 seat catering facility in the New York area where Patty served as General Manager and Maitre d’.  She has taught high school level, community college and university level courses.  In additional to multiple classroom teaching licenses, Patty is certified as a K-12 Principal as well as Vocational Director.  

Tennessee 

Appointed July 1, 2019
Dr. Ann Stewart spent 25 years in the business world before turning her attention to education. As a marketing and entrepreneurship teacher, Ann facilitated the development and opening of the first full service in-school coffee shop in the district and the first high school business to have full membership in the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. As the CTE Department Chair at Stewarts Creek High School, she is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for the school, a four-year entrepreneurship curriculum for non-marketing students. Ann has also been a DECA advisor for 15 years. She has had many students place in the Top 10 and Top 20 at DECA's International Career Development Conferences (ICDC), and has even had 1st - 3rd place winners. Ann received her doctorate from Tennessee State University in 2013 with a dissertation entitled A Mixed Methods Study of Service Learning in a Public High School

 

West Virginia 

Appointed July 1, 2019
Kim Britton is in her 11th year of teaching Business/Marketing in high school, and previously taught Accounting/Business at Ohio Valley University for 4 ½ years. In her first career, she was as an Accountant for local businesses, and still remains active by working with her family business and two pre-owned auto dealers in her area. She has been married for 35 years, with 2 grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and 1 grandson. Family & teaching are two of her greatest passions in life.

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2018
Sarah Dennison graduated from Glenville State College in 1997 with a BA in Business Education Principles and began substituting. Her first full-time position was at James Ramsey Technical Institute in Martinsburg, WV, but she has worked in various other counties in WV since then. She is currently the only business teacher at Braxton County High School in Sutton, WV, her Alma Mater. She is teaching Business & Marketing Essentials, Accounting I, BCA I, BCA II, and Computer Science. Upcoming courses include Digital Imaging I, Webpage Publishing, BCA I, BCA II and Computer Science. She has two different Programs of Study, so she has to trade off every year. She is married with two children and four grandchildren. She enjoys going to church, singing in a small Southern Gospel/Bluegrass Group, spending time with her family, and going on trips.

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Adam Feazell is in his eighth year of teaching in Putnam County, WV. He started his career as a technology integration specialist in the elementary and middle grade levels, then spent the next 4 years as a business education and special education teacher. The past two years he has worked as a business/marketing education teacher. Adam attended WVU Institute of Technology’s Community College where he received his AS in Accounting, and then attended Marshall University to earn a BS in Business Education. He obtained an MA in Multi-Category Special Education and an MA in Leadership Studies. When he started teaching, Adam served as a school advisor for both FLBA and DECA. This is Adam’s second year as the West Virginia DECA’s Chartered Association Advisor. 

Students in the St. Joseph, Missouri, school district who successfully complete MBAResearch's High School of Business program can now earn college credit at MWSU. Congratulations to the students who will benefit and all those involved in this important partnership! See the local TV coverage this received here. 

Students in a group of small rural Colorado schools will collaborate online as they work on business projects. The twelve schools in the Northeastern part of the state will unite though their Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). BOCES provide specialized educational services to school districts. In the case of High School of Business, each individual school is too small to have the number of students necessary for the program. By banding together, the students can work together online via Skype, Google collaboration tools, and other software. Teachers take turns serving as lead teacher of the courses while their counterparts monitor the students.

Says High School of Business Program Director Lisa Berkey: “We’re excited to work with NE BOCES to bring accelerated business curriculum to students in rural Colorado. MBAResearch will work closely with the schools to assist and learn from their experience.”

Teachers from NE BOCES will attend their first High School of Business Training Institute this June and then use the 2013/14 school year to plan. Courses will begin for students in the fall of 2014.

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