SALINE, Mich., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Junior Achievement Worldwide
recently announced its annual Teacher of the Year awards and one local teacher
gains national recognition. After winning at the local level, John McKelvey,
Saline High School Economics Teacher was nominated by the local Junior
Achievement office for the national annual teacher of the year award.
Although John did not win the prestigious award, he was chosen as one of the
three teachers in the US to receive a runner-up award and cash prize from the
William Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation for his accomplishments and teaching
"John is truly a fine example of an excellent, resourceful and well
informed teacher," said Nancy Carter, Junior Achievement Program Director.
"He goes above and beyond the normal teaching methods to really expose the
kids to economics and the 'real' world of business." John's economic classes
have attended Detroit Economic Luncheons and heard local leading executives
and elected officials talk about the economic development and goals of our
community and state.
In addition, John, with the help of the local Junior Achievement office,
has developed a partnership with the local elementary schools to bring the
high school students into the elementary classrooms to teach economics and
mentor the young students in the community. The students teach a five-week
course on business and economics as part of the Junior Achievement Elementary
School Programs. "John is a highly motivated teacher. His enthusiasm for
this project is evident in the performance of the students that come into the
classroom," stated Barb Shuman, third grade teacher at Harvest Elementary
School. "My students always look forward to them coming to our room each week
and after the lessons, have a good understanding of what economics and
John was awarded a check for $500 and a certificate of award at a surprise
ceremony at his school. "John McKelvey represents all that is good with
education. John is not only an asset to the Saline Area Schools but to our
entire community. We are indeed fortunate to have a person of his skills be a
part of our school system and community," said Sam Sinicropi, Saline Area
For more information about Junior Achievement, contact the local Junior
Achievement office at 313-962-2550.
SOURCE Junior Achievement