Student Success Keeps CTE Teachers Enthusiastic About Teaching

As I reflect on the completion of my fifth year of teaching Marketing Education at Akron Public Schools, I Eric Mathews214vividly remember my first year in the classroom. Many of the students were disappointed with the retirement of the previous marketing teacher, which made it a very challenging year for me. Despite this, I had a desire to share with my students the knowledge I gleaned from 15 years in corporate America. 

As a new CTE teacher, you hope to have student success stories. I recall one student who was determined to learn the marketing management principles I taught in my first year in the classroom. That student was Megan Kane.

Megan graduated at the top of her class from North High in 2011, and she received a full academic scholarship to the University of Akron. She went on to graduate from the University of Akron, Honors College in December 2014 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing management and sales management. While at North High, Megan competed in two consecutive DECA International Career Development Conferences, placing first at the state level both years. As a teacher, I learned the importance of integrating the DECA curriculum into my classroom instruction, and I am grateful to Megan for sharing with me how CTSOs help with a student’s growth and development by increasing confidence, business acumen and critical-thinking skills.

While in college Megan interned with the Akron RubberDucks—the Double-A affiliate for the Cleveland Indians—in the marketing and promotions department. She later interned at American Greetings in the marketing department. Upon graduation, Megan accepted a full-time marketing position with The J.M. Smucker Company as a grocery representative for the southern region, making a very competitive salary. In this role, Megan is still using the marketing concepts I taught her in high school. It is high-caliber, successful students like Megan who keep CTE teachers passionate about teaching.