Junior Achievement honors Olga Brener teacher

Karen Preston named Teacher of the Year

Contributed Photo Junior Achievement, Wolf River District, recently named Olga Brener Intermediate School teacher Karen Preston as its Teacher of the Year.

Junior Achievement, Wolf River District, presented Olga Brener Intermediate School fifth-grade teacher Karen Preston with the JA Teacher of the Year award on May 26.

JA and the Wolf River District board of directors asked its volunteers to submit nominations and supporting comments for the award. Nominations were then judged by three members of the board.

Principal Terri Schultz arranged to have the presentation take place during a staff meeting. The award was presented by Sandy Ebbinger, JA district director, Marty Monfils, board vice chair, and Kelley Strike, board member.

Comments supporting Preston’s selection included the following:

• “Karen loves her students. Her purpose is simple: transform intermediate level students into students who can and will achieve at the middle school level and beyond.”

• “Karen takes the lessons I teach and expands them through the week helping students come to a deeper understanding about entrepreneurship and the free market.”

Junior Achievement USA is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their own economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. Volunteers are welcomed into K-12 classrooms to teach work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

JA reaches approximately 2,600 students in Shawano and Menominee counties annually, and more than 162,000 students in schools statewide. JA reaches more than 4.8 million students throughout the United States and over 10 million students in over 100 countries worldwide.