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ACTE Announces Minnesota Business Teacher as National Award Finalist


September 13, 2016

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka 
jnagurka@acteonline.org, 703-683-9312 



 ACTE Announces Minnesota Business Teacher as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Callon Siebenahler, business education teacher at South St. Paul Secondary School in St. Paul, Minnesota, as the 2016 Region III Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes the finest career and technical teachers at the middle/secondary school level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities. The Teacher of the Year Award is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals.

A fourth generation teacher with over ten years’ experience, Callon Siebenahler teaches business education and serves as the building teacher representative for the Tri-District Career and College Readiness Initiative and Business Department leader at South St. Paul High School. Under Siebenahler’s leadership, business education has become a popular and rigorous offering at the school, with over 200 students (55% of the 11th and 12th grades) taking at least one elective business class. Popular offerings include personal finance, where students learn about saving and investing through an online stock market game, and sports marketing, where students serve as the public relations group for the school’s sports teams. In 2009, Siebenahler initiated and developed the IB Business and Marketing class and curriculum at the school. Siebenahler also teaches the Project Lead the Way Gateway curriculum to 6th grade students and a new 10th grade IB Middle Years Program Design class. 

Siebenahler started the school’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter, in which 150 students have participated and have qualified for national competitions 5 out of the last 9 years. A team of 30 of her students manage $20,000 in annual sales for the school store, coordinating all retail operations and the purchase order system. Siebenahler promotes new uses for technology to her business education colleagues at the local and state level. She serves on the school Perkins Advisory Committee and has been active in professional organizations for several years, currently serving as President of Minnesota ACTE and Minnesota Marketing, Business & Information Technology Educators (MBITE). Jean Kyle, MBITE President, says, “I look at Ms. Siebenahler and her work as representing the best of CTE and I know that our future success depends on supporting and retaining professionals such as her.” 

Siebenahler is one of five finalists for the 2017 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, November 30, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, Certiport, Stratasys, and International Baccalaureate. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.


About ACTE 
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities. 


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