Junior Achievement Awards Outstanding Teachers

Local Teacher Wins 'Teacher of the Year' Award

Jun 09, 2005, 01:00 ET from Junior Achievement

    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
 business is."
     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
 Schools Superintendent.
     For more information about Junior Achievement, contact the local Junior
 Achievement office at 313-962-2550.

SOURCE Junior Achievement