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2016 Bluegrass Apprentice Competition

LOCAL TEENS PREPARE TO COMPETE IN JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT’S BLUEGRASS APPRENTICE COMPETITION

PRESENTED BY AT&T

Lexington, KY — Today, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass, Inc. (JA) announced it is partnering with AT&T to host the 2016 JA Bluegrass Apprentice competition. The event will be held at Creative Lodging Solutions (CLS) on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, and will run from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Now in its fourth year, the JA Bluegrass Apprentice provides Lexington students the opportunity to pitch ideas for new business ventures in an exciting competition form. In addition, prominent members of the Lexington business communities will serve as judges. More than 10 teams (nearly 50 students) will conceive, research, develop and competitively pitch enterprising ideas for products or services. The top three winning teams will walk away with cash prizes valued up to $750, provided by the Lexington office of the Kentucky Innovation Network.

The Kentucky Innovation Network has been around since 2001 creating a network of business leaders and mentors that encourage relationships, grow companies new and existing, and create jobs. “The Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network has enjoyed working with Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass to advance entrepreneurship throughout the Fayette County school system,” said Warren Nash, Director of the Lexington Kentucky Innovation office. “It has been exciting to observe these students hunger and enthusiasm to learn more about what it means to be an entrepreneur.”

Prior to the event, students will have completed a seven-week JA curriculum entitled, “JA Be Entrepreneurial.” This curriculum, taught by volunteers from the Bluegrass business community, introduces students to the essential components of a practical business plan. After completing the course, students will be able to recognize characteristics and practices of successful entrepreneurs and demonstrate business-planning skills for venture start-up, marketing, financing, management, and ethical decision-making.

“We recognize that not all students want or need to start their own businesses, although many will,” said Lynn Hudgins, President of JA of the Bluegrass. “The main goal of the JA Bluegrass Apprentice competition is to help these kids become more competitive and more adaptable in a constantly changing business environment. In addition, JA and AT&T hope to encourage them to ‘think entrepreneurially’- to provide solutions to their generation’s challenges, whether they jump start their own ventures, or adding value by working for someone else.”

For more information about the JA Bluegrass Apprentice competition, please contact callie@jalexington.org or visit: www.jalexington.org

Local entrepreneurs show high schoolers how it’s done

Freshmen and sophomores taking the Business Principles class soaked up valuable strategies from professionals visiting Tates Creek High School during JA Entrepreneurship Week. Super Soul founder John Meister and marketing director Amanda Hudgins assured students that they, too, can excel even in a crowded field like video gaming. “It’s one industry that’s trying to grow in this area,” Meister said. “You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley. You can start a company here, and there are communities to support you.” “We’re trying to keep tech jobs local,” Hudgins added.

Junior Achievement of The Bluegrass (JA) lined up several business leaders to share their inspirations, challenges, and success stories with students at Tates Creek, Lafayette, and Paul Laurence Dunbar high schools. The group also included Warren Nash, director of the Kentucky Innovation Network, and founders Shylo Shepherd of Purrody Games, Leonard Wedderburn of Power on Games, and Tim Knowlton of Mildmojo Games. They helped students begin to see how through dedication to a dream and continued hard work, they can make their own opportunities. “We are so grateful to these local entrepreneurs for offering their time and talent in the classroom. We are excited for our students to meet them personally and understand what qualities are necessary to become a successful entrepreneur,” said JA President Lynn Hudgins.

Four-year-old Super Soul is among several video gaming studios that formed a local nonprofit called RunJumpDev. They meet regularly to try out each other’s ideas and share feedback on everything from gaming technology and design, artwork and sound quality, to team-management approaches. “Marketing and prototyping and getting ideas out there applies to any company,” Meister noted. While Super Soul mainly develops educational games for the University of Kentucky and KET, it also offers products for PlayStation4 and Xbox 360.

At Tates Creek, Meister led the students through an abbreviated “game jam” in which small groups brainstormed how to develop an idea into a viable product. They had to keep in mind the genre, storyline and characters, game mechanics, platform, money-making options, and their target audience. A spokesman from each group then had two minutes to pitch their proposal.

Ninth-grader Sam Newman’s group came up with a game called Corporation Capitalist, which focused on adults creating their own business. “It would teach you real-world skills if you were actually going into business. It would be a good tool for schools, too,” he explained. Sam thought the 15-minute version of a game jam weekend was an effective way to test an idea and see not only if a video game made sense but also if it was fun. “This can work for marketing any product or service – just tweak it a little bit,” he said. Tates Creek teacher Eric Jackson, who plans to use JA curriculum in his Business Principles class this spring, welcomed the entrepreneurs’ contribution. “That real-world perspective brings that missing piece to the class. That’s why I like JA,” said Jackson, who volunteered with JA while in banking before moving on to a second career in education.

Jackson also thinks his students can meet Super Soul’s entrepreneurial challenge. “They are capable of coming up with an idea, developing it, and seeing it through,” he said. “Hopefully they can take those ideas and pursue them. I can see some of these games coming to life.”

Global Entrepreneurship Week

 

2015 Be Entrepreneurship Week

Junior Achievement of The Bluegrass

Puts Local entrepreneurs in Fayette County Classrooms

Lexington, KY — Junior Achievement of The Bluegrass, Inc. (JAB) announced today that it will be celebrating JA Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 16 - 22. The initiative, designed to correspondwith Global Entrepreneurship Week, will put entrepreneurs into high school classrooms throughout Fayette County during the week. These local entrepreneurs will share what inspired them to start their own businesses and to open students' eyes to the opportunities provided by dedication, hard work and entrepreneurship.

“We are so grateful to these local entrepreneurs for offering their time and talent in the classroom. We are excited for our students to have this time to meet them personally and understand what qualities are necessary to become a successful entrepreneur,” says Lynn Hudgins, President of JA of the Bluegrass.  

JA believes it is important to provide young people with an opportunity to engage with local entrepreneurs to help them better understand the challenges, benefits and opportunities of starting a business. The JA programs, which have been impacting kids around the world for nearly 100 years, start discussing the role of an entrepreneur at a young age.

JA Entrepreneurship Week highlights current JA programs by bringing an inspiring entrepreneur into the classroom for an hour during the week to share his or her experience with students. The program is designed to be simple for the entrepreneurs to implement, but engaging and interesting for the teens participating. For example, during a JA experience with a traditional program, students can learn how to create a business plan or successfully interview for a job.

To help engage entrepreneurs, JAB will be working with the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network and the University of Kentucky Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship.


For More Information, Contact

Ron Wigglesworth or Callie Tincher at (859) 219-2423 or
by email at 
ron@jalexington.orgcallie@jalexington.org.

JA Newsletter - September 2015

JA Volunteers Needed

For the fall 2015 semester school year, 150 Junior Achievement classes are still in need of a JA volunteer. This number is continuing to grow each day! With that being said, we need your help in making sure that each and every one of these classes receive a JA program in their K-12 classrooms. 

We believe that it is extremely important to encourage students to start thinking about their future earlier rather than later. We depend on our volunteers to be a vital part of this process. By relating your own experiences to the JA programs, you are able to become a positive role model and make a difference while also leaving an exciting, memorable experience. 

Volunteering to teach a classroom is a fun and easy way to get involved in the community and with JA.

We are in desperate need for volunteers willing to start ASAP! 

If you are interested in teaching a JA program to your local students or know of someone who would be a great fit, please contact us for more information!  
 

JA of The Bluegrass Volunteer Highlight 

Kelly Abraham is going on her 9th year of volunteering with Junior Achievement! Recently, JA of The Bluegrass presented Kelly with a Junior Achievement Bronze award which indicates that she has taught 50+ JA classes. She has a real passion for impacting the lives of children in her local community and has proven to be a reliable and wonderful volunteer throughout the years.

"Each time I teach a class I am reminded that all of these children have the opportunity to make a difference in the world, and I want to make sure they know that.  While I realize I am only with them for 5 or 6 classes during the school year, my hope is that one thing I say will stick with them, encourage them to work hard in school, and know they can be the change they want to see in the world."- Kelly Abraham, First Presbyterian Church  
 

Program Highlight: Financial Literacy

 

 

In the spring of 2008 the Fayette County Public Schools and Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass entered an agreement to provide a curriculum that would allow all students to receive vital financial literacy training essential for a successful future. This 7th grade Financial Literacy curriculum is the first step in providing this important information to our young people.

As today’s turbulent economy has shown us, being financially literate is extremely important and can prevent one from making bad financial decisions that can have drastic consequences.

It is our hope that the information in these six lessons will prepare our students to make good decisions in their personal financial lives that will allow them to not only be smarter consumers, but help them become more competitive in today’s world economy.

Acknowledgements 

We want to thank these sponsors that allow the FCPS and JA of the Bluegrass to provide this vital information:

·         Kentucky Bank

·         Kentucky Utilities

·         PNC Bank 

Without their support, this curriculum would not be possible.

Special thanks to the Lexington Herald-Leader for sponsoring the printing of these materials
 

Event Highlight: JA Annual Bowl-A-Thon

"The Difference You'll Make is Striking!"

OCTOBER 22-24 & NOVEMBER 5-7

Join more than 500 bowlers at Collins Bowling Center for bowling fun, prizes, and music. Bowlers help their team raise money by collecting contributions from friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

Collectively these funds constitute a substantial and important source of support for JA's educational programs. Join the JA Team of volunteers, teachers, and participants to promote financial literacy in our community. Contact Erin Warren at erin@jalexington.org or Sheila Vaughn at sheila@jalexington.org for more information.

 

 

Kentucky Colonels from all over the world are partnering with Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass

 

Kentucky Colonels from all over the world are partnering with Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass to improve the lives of those living in this community.

On September 9th, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass will receive a grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky during a ceremony at the Lexington Children’s Theatre.  This grant will be used to empower students to own their financial success and succeed in a global economy.

 Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass volunteers inspire over 18,300 students in 750 classes.  With the support of positive adult role models who volunteer their time, JA enables students to understand business, citizenship, economics, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, ethics/character and work readiness.  JA programs also encourage confidence and motivate young people to achieve their personal, educational and career goals.  These learning experiences establish the foundation upon which today’s students can acquire the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in a fast-changing world. 

 Members of The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels include some of the greatest achievers and people of influence in the world.  Each member has received the title of “Kentucky Colonel.”  That is the highest civilian honor the Governor of the Commonwealth can bestow.

 The Kentucky Colonels, through their Good Works Program, will distribute this year nearly $1.5 million to support over 143 worthy causes.

 

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF THE BLUEGRASS AND BECHTEL WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD FUTURE LEADERS

Partnership offers programs in Madison County to help shape the future of today’s youth in a global economy

Bechtel employees will work with Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass (JA) to deliver JA programs focusing on entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness to local students through the “Building Future Leaders” initiative.

“Thanks to Bechtel for its support of Junior Achievement programs,” said Lynn Hudgins, President. “We are working together to help students become workforce ready and explore careers in STEM: science, technology, engineering and math.”

“A significant challenge we face in the engineering industry is how to attract more young people, especially women,” said Charlene Wheeless, head of Bechtel’s Global Corporate Affairs in Reston, Virginia. “We believe our support of this initiative with Junior Achievement will give young people the opportunity to see the potential a career in engineering offers and to encourage them to be part of the next generation of industry leaders."

Bechtel’s support provides needed expansion of JA programs, delivering programming to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience such enrichment programs. The programs will be delivered by Bechtel employees in the classroom during the school day.

“Additionally, we are grateful for Bechtel’s commitment to our youth in Madison County by encouraging its employees to deliver our programs. We could not provide this benefit to our young people were it not for the corporate volunteers who deliver our programs in the classroom every day.”

Each year JA reaches more than 10 million students worldwide, helping them develop successful financial management habits, providing entrepreneurship education, and imparting the skills necessary to succeed in a global workforce. Locally, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass reaches over 18,300 students.

About Bechtel Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 58,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in 40 countries. www.bechtel.com

JA Volunteer Appreciation Lunch - August 6, 2015

Caulk praises Junior Achievement volunteers’ contributions

Superintendent Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk stopped by the Junior Achievement volunteer appreciation luncheon to thank the dozens of professionals for their time and service to Fayette County Public Schools. “We can’t do this work alone. It takes an entire community to ensure the success of our students,” said Caulk, a former JAboard member in Maine. “Thank you for your commitment and that of the companies you represent.”

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass educates young people about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and basic financial matters. In the Adopt-A-School program, companies provide student materials and volunteer training for a particular school. Additional partners back the financial literacy programs and JA curriculum. Caulk praised JA for giving youngsters a real-world connection to potential careers. “Our ultimate goal is to prepare all students for college, career and life,” he told volunteers at the Aug. 6 luncheon, held at the district’s central office. “Hopefully you walk away with the feeling that you’re making an impact.”

During the 2014-2015 school year, JA of the Bluegrass reached 18,400 students through 750 classes in CentralKentucky. Forty-six volunteers were invited to the luncheon, where they received pins, certificates and awards for their years of service. “You’re somebody from the business world, from outside the school, who can come in and talk about how it really is in your business setting,” noted Ron Wigglesworth, JA’s senior programmanager and a retired school principal. David Royse, chairman of the JA board of directors, mentioned how students are genuinely excited to hear from local professionals about their work environment and job experience. “The volunteers are really the heart and blood of what we do in JA,” he said.

For more information, email Ron Wigglesworth at ron@jalexington.org or call (859) 219-2423.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT USA® AND THE TACO BELL® FOUNDATION FOR TEENS™ TEAM UP TO IMPROVE GRADUATION RATES IN LAUREL COUNTY

 

Lexington, KY — Junior Achievement USA® and the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ have partnered to inspire, educate and raise graduation rates among London and Corbin high school students.  JA of the Bluegrass is one of 13 communities to receive Taco Bell Foundation for Teens’ generous grant to implement career-focused education among area schools.

In addition to the $8,300 grant provided by Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens, schools will implement the JA Career Success™ program, which helps students identify their desired careers and better understand how to develop the skills necessary to achieve a successful life. Through the curriculum, students learn how to effectively conduct a job search, how best to respond to common interview questions, and how positively building their personal brand can translate to a rewarding career. Program activities include interactive challenges through the use of JA’s digital app, JA Success Park.

“The United States has seen an increase in high school graduation rates, but there is still more we can do. In our area, work readiness is a focus of our employers, but we have to get the students to graduate so we can prepare them to enter the workforce,” says Lynn Hudgins, President of JA of the Bluegrass. “It is so important to teach this generation about the value of education and work readiness, so they can become financially independent, professional young people.”

Following completion of the seven-week program, JA of the Bluegrass and Taco Bell will host a celebration event where participating students will have the opportunity to sign the Graduate for Más promise. By signing the promise, the students will join nearly 200,000 students nationwide who also have made the promise to graduate high school.

“Taco Bell is committed to our teens and their futures. We want to empower these young leaders to reach their full potential and help them understand what success could look like,” said Marjorie Perlman of Taco Bell. “We want to see as many London and Corbin students graduate from high school and pursue their dreams.”

Graduate for Más provides tools and resources to teens while tracking their progress towards graduation and life goals. By making the promise to graduate, the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens and JA of the Bluegrass will help equip high school students with the tools and tips needed to be successful in school and post-graduation and reward them for keeping their commitment.  

Other JA Areas receiving grants from  the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens includes JA of Jackson & Josephine Counties (Medford, Ore.); Charleston, S.C.; Toledo, Ohio; Columbia, S.C.; El Paso, Texas; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Salisbury, Md.; Louisville, Ky.; Los Angeles; Johnstown, Penn.; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Chicago.

For more information about the Graduate for Más promise, please visit: www.graduateformas.com. For more information on JA Career Success, visit www.ja.org.

About Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens ™

Taco Bell Foundation Inc., also known as Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™, is a not-for profit

501(c)(3) public benefit corporation committed to building 21st century leaders through its programs, partnerships, and direct financial assistance. Since 1992, the Foundation has served over 2 million teens in 6,000 communities across the country where Taco Bell restaurants have a presence. Through the support of our customers, franchisees, employees and vendor partners over the last 20 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $45 million in grants and scholarships focused on education and career readiness. For more information on the Foundation and its commitment to teens – Taco Bell team members, friends and future leaders – visit tacobellforteens.org, and find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TacoBell4Teens.

About Taco Bell Corp.

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation's leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made- to- order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet- inspired Cantina Bell® Menu and lower calorie Fresco Menu. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,®” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 36 million customers every week.

 

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass Receives $25,000 Grant from Bechtel Group Foundation

Bechtel is partnering with Junior Achievement Worldwide to deliver programs to students around the world to achieve both local engagement and global impact through the “Bechtel Building Future Leaders” project.  In 2015, Bechtel employees will deliver JA’s impactful programs related to work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship to elementary, middle and high school students.

The Bechtel Group Foundation awarded Junior Achievement (JA) of the Bluegrass $25,000 to implement additional programming in Madison County Schools.  “JA is one of five signature programs supported globally by Bechtel and is a part of our commitment to support communities that host our projects,” said Doug Omichinski, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass (BPBG) Project Manager, Richmond, KY.  “Through this grant, Junior Achievement and BPBG volunteers will have an opportunity to make a lasting and positive impact in our community. 

The Bechtel Group Foundation grant will pay for all 5th graders at White Hall and Glenn Marshall Elementary Schools to receive the JA Our Nation program this spring.  The grant will fund additional JA programs in the fall for middle and high school students.  All of the JA programs implemented through this grant will be taught by local BPBG volunteers.  

State Farm® Awards Grant to JA To Underwrite Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship and Work Readiness Programs at the BMW

 

Lexington, KY — Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass (JA) announced today that it has received a grant from State Farm in the amount of $6,000.  These funds will support the JA programs that will be taught at the Black Males Working (BMW) Academy during the 2015 spring semester. 

The BMW Academy works with students from the 6th grade through their senior year in high school.  The mission of the BMW Academy is to educate, motivate and activate the potential for excellence in every African American male we touch and this cannot be accomplished in isolation.  The coordinators of the BMW Academy have asked that JA provide a different curriculum for each grade level.  Below is a listing of the programs that will be offered:

6th grade - JA Economics for Success - Teaches practical information about personal finance and importance of identifying education and career goals based on one's skills, interests & values.

7th grade - JA Financial Literacy – Provides financial fundamentals every student needs to become a wise consumer and better prepared to succeed in a global economy.

8th grade - JA It's My Future - Provides practical information about preparing for the working world while still in middle school.

9th grade - JA Be Entrepreneurial - Develops essential components of a business plan & challenges students to start on an entrepreneurial venture while in school.

10th grade - JA Career Success - Equips students with the tools and skills required to earn and keep a job in high-growth career industries.

11th grade - JA Personal Finance - Demonstrates the importance of planning, goal setting and thoughtful decision-making within the context of personal finance decisions.

12th grade - JA Real Jobs, Real World - Guides young people through their career searching process, from high school to post-secondary education to employment.

“JA of the Bluegrass is so fortunate to have State Farm as one of our investors.  Our volunteers love working with the students at the BMW Academy, but these programs would not be possible if we didn’t have the investment from our friends at State Farm,” says Lynn Hudgins, President of JA of the Bluegrass. 

About State Farm®:
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve over 82 million policies and accounts – nearly 80 million auto, home, life, health and commercial policies, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 41 on the 2014 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com

UPS Foundation Awards $7,200 Grant to JA of the Bluegrass To Expand JA Entrepreneurial Program in Central Kentucky

 


LEXINGTON, KY - Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass have announced a partnership with UPS Foundation to launch an entrepreneurship program to benefit local high school students. For 2015, UPS Foundation has provided a $7,200 implementation grant to provide a minimum of five classes of the JA Be Entrepreneurial curriculum.


The program focuses on challenging students, through interactive classroom activities, to start their own entrepreneurial venture while still in school and assists students in developing their entrepreneurship knowledge and skills.  "This is the sixth year in which the UPS Foundation has invested dollars to expand JA’s Entrepreneurial curriculum to the students of JA of the Bluegrass.  The UPS Foundation's commitment to the future workforce is something we wish all corporations could support - this investment will help us all build a better tomorrow," says Lynn Hudgins, President, JA of the Bluegrass.

“In today’s economy, a significant challenge we are facing is how to attract more young people, especially women,” said Jim Murray, Package Division Manager for the KY District. “We believe our support of this initiative with Junior Achievement will give young people the opportunity to see their own potential and encourage them to be part of the next generation of leaders."

JA programs empower students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world – enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school. Each year JA reaches more than 10 million students worldwide and helps to develop successful financial management habits, empowering them to explore the potential of becoming an entrepreneur and providing them with the skills necessary to succeed in a global workforce.  Locally, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass reaches 18,200 students.

About UPS:
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

 

 

Junior Achievement Announces 2015 Volunteer and Teacher of the Year

Craig Browning, who has worked alongside teachers at Garden Springs Elementary School and Beaumont Middle School for the past eight years, has been named the 2015 Volunteer of the Year by Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass (JA).

 According to Ms. Anessa Scott, teacher at Garden Springs Elementary, who nominated him for the award, “Mr. Browning goes out of his way to know each student individually. He never has a dull lesson. He makes sure the kids know he is interested in their lives. Mr. Browning has gone above and beyond. When work has called him out of the state, he has arranged his schedule to come back and teach JA the weeks he agreed to, and continues to be a valuable part of our school and community.  Mr. Browning has also continued to invest in the lives of my students as they have continued on through high school. He is a wonderful role model in our community and an outstanding JA volunteer.”

Stephanie Sims, an elementary school teacher at Good Shepherd School in Frankfort has been named the 2015 JA Teacher of the Year. Sims has had Junior Achievement programs in her classrooms for the past seven school years for a total of 9 different classes.  She was nominated by JA Volunteer, Lora Knight. “Ms. Sims is always actively involved during her JA class. She often mentions that they have used JA material as a springboard for other economic lessons in her class. This always makes for wonderful discussions when I teach the next scheduled class. She maintains a positive, well-behaved classroom which makes my job easy. I usually teach 5th grade, but for 3 years she moved forward with her students so I had the same group of students for grades 5, 6 & 7, so I knew them and they knew me - what fun we had! You can tell Ms. Sims values the JA curriculum and is eager to get started every year. She is definitely deserving of the JA Teacher of the Year award,” says Knight. 

Browning and Sims received their awards at JA’s Annual Adopt-A-School and Community Partners Breakfast Reception that was held on Tuesday March 17, 2015. 

      

 

 
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