Junior Achievement of Upper Midwest announced that Melissa Wagner, business teacher at Twin Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake, has been honored with the organization’s award for outstanding educators, the Middle School Educator of the Year.
The purpose of the Middle School Educator of the Year is to recognize Junior Achievement (JA) educators who have performed outstanding service in making JA’s middle school programs available for their students. JA’s middle school programs reinforce the value of education and teach students about the economic benefits of staying in school. JA educators play a key role in bringing Junior Achievement into the classroom.
Melissa has been using JA Finance Park Virtual since the 2009-2010 school year and offered to be a program advocate when JA did its outreach to new educators in the spring.
According to a recent survey conducted by Junior Achievement USA®, 95 percent of JA teachers report that students who participate in JA have a better understanding of how the real world operates.