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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

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

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:


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.




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. 


Appointed February 1, 2021
Ever "Benny" Heredia - Bio and picture coming soon!

Appointed February 1, 2021
Jeanne Sampson is a Business Education teacher at Granite Bay High School, in Granite Bay, California where she has taught for the last 25 years. Previously, Jeanne taught at Oakmont High School, in the same district, for 7 years. She spent 30 years as a FBLA Adviser and is currently transitioning to DECA due to the fact it is a better fit for Granite Bay High School’s Business Program of Study. Jeanne also teaches IB Business Management SL along with Sports & Entertainment Marketing. One of the reasons Jeanne enjoys teaching business classes is because of the real life and authentic learning opportunities they offer, not only for college readiness but career readiness as well. Offering an IB Business Management SL course along with the Business Program of Study, Principles of Business (intro), Sports and Entertainment Marketing (concentrator), and Empowering Entrepreneurs (capstone), affords students the opportunity to study business at a much higher and in-depth level. She loves when students take the full range of business classes, go on to college as business majors, and then come back telling stories of how prepared they were and how much they knew already from their business classes at GBHS. Also, connecting with former students on LinkedIn and celebrating their successes in various careers is always a joy.

Aside from being a teacher, Jeanne enjoys reading, cycling, hiking and camping, the beach, wine tasting, her dog Kona, and spending time with her husband of 29 years and 4 children (two are married so a bonus son-in-law and daughter-in-law).


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 February 1, 2021
Janet Brophy is a High School of Business teacher from Haxtun High School in Haxtun, CO. Janet earned her BA from the University of Wyoming and her MBA from University of Phoenix. Prior to teaching high school, Janet worked in human resources and then support staff for an education consortium before completing alternative licensure program. Janet has taught in a high school classroom for six years as well as 10 years as an adjunct professor for a community college. Janet is also the Haxtun FBLA Adviser, chairperson of the HSB Teacher Advisory Committee, and membership director for Colorado for M-PBEA.




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.






Appointed February 1, 2021
Shayna Brown is the Marketing Teacher and DECA Advisor at Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA, where she has taught for 13 years. She teaches the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Pathway and runs the school-based enterprise, Bear Necessities. She serves on the GA DECA Board of Directors and assists in running Region 9 Competition. She has a passion for the students in her classroom and watching them be successful. They impact her more and more each year and help to make her a better teacher. Shayna enjoys reading, watching Georgia football and traveling to the beach to recharge when not teaching. 




Appointed February 1, 2021
Renee Lumsden - Bio and picture coming soon!


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.




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).


Appointed February 1, 2021
Andrew Thonstad currently teaches business and computer classes for Sioux Center High School in Sioux Center, Iowa. Andrew earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, focusing on Human Resource Management and Finance, from Central Washington University. After working for 12+ years in the human resource management field, Andrew returned to the classroom to complete his master’s degree in Teaching from the University of Sioux Falls. This is his 10th year in the classroom. Andrew is the co-advisor for the Sioux Center FBLA chapter and has held numerous leadership positions within the school and around the state of Iowa with the Iowa Business Education Association.




Appointed February 1, 2021
Sarah Sweet is in her 16th year of teaching at Emporia High School. She is the business department chair and currently teaches Marketing, Marketing Applications, Consumer & Personal Finance, Business Management, and Applied Business Development. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Emporia State University and also holds an ESL endorsement from Kansas State University. She serves as a co-adviser of FBLA and is the adviser of National Technical Honor Society. Sarah has been married for 17 years and they have one son who is active in sports. Outside of teaching, she enjoys traveling, reading, and crafting




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.




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. 




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.



Appointed February 1, 2021
Dre’ Helms has been a part of the MBA Research Teacher Advisory Network since 2017 and is a Youth Entrepreneurs Ambassador Educator for the state of Mississippi. She is the lead instructor for and co-founder of the TEAM Business Academy at Florence High School in Florence, MS where she also serves as a DECA advisor, yearbook advisor, and a member of the FHS Leadership team. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Polymer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MBA from Millsaps College. Her most important role is that of mother to her two sons, Logan and Holden, and wife to her husband, John. She is a crazy soccer mom, an avid sports fan, and a voracious reader. She and her family live on their small farm with a menagerie of animals. Dre' is a poster child for lifelong learning and is a firm believer that, in a world where you can be anything, you should always be kind.



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.


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 February 1, 2021
Justin Gipe is currently a business, marketing, and computer science teacher and DECA advisor for Scottsbluff High School in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. This year marks his 16th with Scottsbluff and 12th as a business education teacher for the district and 3rd year as a DECA advisor. Justin previously served 5 years as the district’s Technology Integration Specialist and has taught in other departments including physical education, graphic arts, and computer-aided drafting. Other current roles include middle school pole vault coach, middle school assistant wrestling coach, and Nebraska DECA Board Member. Justin obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Education degree for Business and Physical Education as well as his Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). He will receive his MBA with an emphasis in Marketing this May from UNK. 

Appointed February 1, 2021
Kaylen Tunink is a Business Education teacher, FBLA Adviser, and NTHS Adviser at Wakefield Community Schools, in Wakefield, Nebraska. Prior to this role, Mrs. Tunink spent 10 years in the workforce; her careers included Banking, Real Estate Agent, Agronomy Accounting, Business Services/Financial Aid at the college level, and a Staff Accountant. Being able to share these career experiences with students and providing them with the necessary skills to become college and career ready, is part of her passion and philosophy.





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.



New Mexico 

Appointed February 1, 2021
Aaron Girdner currently teaches Business Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship at Capital High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2019. He has taught for eleven years, ten of which have been as a DECA advisor. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Board for the Hospitality Program at Santa Fe Community College and as Policy Chair for the New Mexico DECA Advisory Board. Aaron earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from New Mexico State University in 2000 and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of New Mexico in 2010.

North Carolina 

Michelle Bardsley is a career and technical education (CTE), business, finance, IT, and marketing educator with Wake 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 North Carolina Public Schools (face-to-face and online classrooms) 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.


North Dakota 

Appointed February 1, 2021
Laurie Salander is a Marketing Educator at Northern Cass School in Hunter, North Dakota. She started her teaching career in elementary education, teaching 1st grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade Science, Social Studies, ELA, Math and STEM. Laurie has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education and now an endorsement in Marketing Education. She also holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with STEM. During her time in elementary, she implemented marketing concepts and entrepreneurial skills in her lessons. This led to the interest of high schoolers asking about DECA and starting a chapter at their school and now serves on the North Dakota DECA Advisory Board. She continues to create a Marketing educational pathway within our school for learners in 8th grade – 12th grade. She is continuing to build curriculum connecting to Personalize Learning and Proficiency Scales in CTE courses within the district. Aside from being an educator, Laurie enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and watching North Dakota State University Football and any form of baseball games.


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.



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. 


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.





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




Appointed February 1, 2021
Tanya Torres-Steen teaches Business and Marketing A & B, Retail Store Operations, Business Management, Entrepreneurship, and Yearbook at Graham Kapowsin High School in Graham, WA. She has a BA in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing and a Minor in Economics from New Mexico State University. She also obtained a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from NMSU. This is her 23rd year teaching and is her 23rd year as a DECA Advisor. She is the current treasurer of the Washington Association of Marketing Educators and MBA Project Management trainer. She has been married for 26 years and has 3 children, and 4 grandchildren. 



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.


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 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.

The following details are for appointments made in 2020, effective February 1, 2021. Additional nominations and appointments will be made in early 2021 to be effective July 1, 2021. 


The MBA Teacher Advisory Network serves as an advisory board to the organization and its work to support business administration education nationwide. Advisors will provide both structured (e.g., surveys) and informal (e.g., conference calls) feedback on a wide range of initiatives, new and revised products and services, messaging, marketing collateral materials, workshop agendas, and other work of the organization. 

Advisor Qualifications

Qualifications for appointment to the MBA Teacher Advisory Network include:

  • Active, full-time CTE Business Administration teacher, current or within the past three years (teachers of entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality/tourism, management/administration, and marketing)
  • Minimum of two years as a full-time Business Administration teacher
  • Completion of the advisor training seminar (in conjunction with Conclave)
  • Active CTSO advisor (i.e., BPA, DECA, or FBLA)
  • Nomination by the state’s Consortium liaison or by recognized state CTE leaders, or active involvement with MBA Research initiatives or programs
  • Endorsement by and support of the advisor’s local administration
  • Evidence of a strong, comprehensive Business Administration program
  • Knowledgeable of MBA Research’s resources and currently using these resources within the classroom

Appointment and Term

Appointment to the MBA Advisory Network will be for a period of three years. Appointment is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements of participation. 


Continuing participation in the network will require:

  • Thoughtful and substantive participation in not fewer than six of ten conference calls annually (estimated time: 60 – 90 minutes per call)
  • Thoughtful and substantive completion of not fewer than five of ten online surveys annually (estimated time: 10 – 15 minutes per survey)
  • Participation in at least one of three Conclave conferences during the term, including one full day of network meetings prior to or immediately following Conclave opening/closing days
  • Participation in the LAP Field Test process. This involves completing at least five Field Tests per school year.
  • Reasonable availability for ad hoc 1:1 discussions.

Compensation and Benefits

The advisor role is voluntary and unpaid.  Benefits include:

  • Recognition as a "National MBA Research Advisor"
  • Conclave registration paid for each year as a TAN member; 50% of actual travel expenses up to $750 for one year only (requires staying at the conference hotel and participating in TAN functions (hosting, presenting, and attending the TAN meeting at Conclave).
  • Extensive access to instructional tools at no cost
    • MBA Learning Center (online) for both the TAN teacher and their current year students only
    • All relevant course guides
    • End-of-program and other assessments as available
  • Priority consideration for paid miscellaneous curriculum support, business community engagement activities, marketing and promotional activities.

High School of Business™ brings college-inspired business administration courses to high schools across the U.S. An accelerated series of six courses challenges students with hands-on marketing, management, finance, and economics courses. The program engages students with project-based learning but doesn’t fall short on content. Each course is built around industry-validated curriculum standards. Teachers receive high-quality professional development and ongoing support. At each participating school, a cross-functional steering team of local business leaders, college faculty, and school personnel manage the program.

Prepared for Success

  • 81% earn college credit
  • 8 credits (average) via local credit agreements
  • 6 credits available via national agreement


Post-Program Outcomes

  • 73% enrolled in college within six months of graduation (2010-14)
    Source: National Student Clearinghouse. (US average is 66%)


"High School of Business has helped make our program stronger and more attractive to students and parents." -Dr. Jerry Anderson, Principal, Monarch High School (CO)

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