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Junior Achievement Announces the 2016 Volunteer and Teacher of the Year

Junior Achievement Announces the 2016 Volunteer and Teacher of the Year

Because of their overwhelming history of service to Junior Achievement and our students, two women have been selected to receive the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award.  Kelly Abraham, who began working with JA 10 years ago, has volunteered in 69 classrooms in grades K-7 at several schools throughout Fayette County.  Karen Cropper has been a JA volunteer for 14 years and has delivered JA’s program in 58 classrooms in the Scott County schools. 

According to Mr. Michael Spaeth, teacher at SCAPA at Bluegrass, who nominated Kelly Abraham for the award, “Kelly works with my seventh-grade group teaching the ‘Economics for Success’ program, but she also works with the sixth-grade ‘Global Marketplace’ program and volunteers with the elementary grades as well,” Spaeth said. “She is always very prepared, making sure to review lessons and prepare materials ahead of time, and makes sure to learn all of our students by name. She has a kind demeanor that students relate to, but also keeps everyone’s attention whether through activities or personal examples. Kelly teaches the material provided by Junior Achievement, but isn’t afraid to go off script if she feels she can add something meaningful to the lesson.” 

According to Mrs. Stephanie Chenault, teacher at Eastern Elementary in Georgetown, KY, who nominated Karen Cropper for her award, “Karen has been an exceptional volunteer for many years. She is always prompt when setting up our JA dates and times for all of our 1st grade classes and works hard to instruct our students in fun and engaging ways. She knows her material inside and out, and demonstrates great passion for the kids. We greatly appreciate her time and dedication over the many years she has helped our classes her at Eastern Elementary. “

Mary Beth Olds, an elementary school teacher at Peaks Mill Elementary School in Frankfort has been named the 2016 JA Teacher of the Year.  Olds has had Junior Achievement programs in her classrooms for the past ten school years.  She was nominated by JA Volunteer, John Hibbard. “Ms. Olds is a huge asset to the JA program. She lets the volunteer control the class and teach the lessons. JA is incorporated in her lesson plans. The children are always interested. She is a fantastic teacher! I can’t say enough about Mrs. Olds. She one of the best teachers I have come across. She CARES and want all of her kids to succeed,” says Hibbard. 

These awards were presented during JA’s Annual Adopt-A-School and Community Partners Breakfast Reception that was held on Thursday, March 17, 2016.