Beres wins Junior Achievement teacher award

A business education teacher at Shawano Community High School has been named teacher of the year by Junior Achievement in the Wolf River area. Katie Beres was presented the honor during a professional development day June 6.

The presentation was arranged by Shawano Community High School Principal Scott Zwirschitz and Shawano School District Director of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment Kelley Strike, who also sits on the JA board. Fellow JA board member Dennis Heling and Sandy Ebbinger, Junior Achievement area director, presented the award to Beres.

Junior Achievement volunteers nominated Beres because she is “great to work with on several levels. Not only has she truly supported us as we teach … she also promotes financial literacy and work readiness in her own classes and as the adviser of FBLA.” Volunteers said Beres understands the importance of their mission and commented on her kind heart and dedication to the school, her students and their education.

Beres is the Business Challenge team sponsor and actively promotes students’ participation in this annual JA business competition for scholarships and prizes. She also volunteers and works to recruit student volunteers for the annual Taste of Shawano for Junior Achievement.

Beres was chosen by a panel of judges to receive the award. Her name will be engraved on a traveling plaque.