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WBEA Fall Convention

WBEA Fall Convention

 

WBEA Fall Convention

WBEA Fall Convention

WBEA Fall Convention

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Welcome to WBEA Online

Our Mission

The purpose of the Wisconsin Business Education Association is to develop and execute a sustained and planned program for Wisconsin business education teachers through conferences, bulletins, research studies (Journal Submission Requirements pdf), and educational investigations.

SLO Google Hangout - Thursday, April 24 at 8 p.m. CST

Link to Presentation by Stephanie Jansen on SLO

Live Google Hangout - Tuesday, March 11 at 8 p.m.

Come listen, watch and ask questions on how you can use Google in your classroom.  Presenter includes Google certified teachers and trainers.

 
A Message From the WBEA President PDF Print E-mail

It is our hope that your school year is going well. We are looking forward to leading WBEA through this great time of change for the organization and meeting the great Business and Information Educators throughout the state. Here is a little history to get to know us better…

This story begins back in the Fall of 2001 when Becky (Kamps) Ackermann and Jen (Greenfield) Bishop both found themselves on the campus of UW-Whitewater majoring in Business Education. During their four years at UW-W, they were like “two peas in a pod”, and the majority of the time, their professors and instructors would get them confused and/or call them by each others’ name. Becky and Jen would nearly always sit next to each other in class which would add to the name mix-up. Fast forward twelve years….

What’s up with Becky…Jen B and Becky A CoPresidents

After graduation, I began my career as a Business & Information Technology teacher at Xavier High School in Appleton, WI, where I spent the next seven years in the classroom teaching courses such as Computer Applications, Entrepreneurship, Intro to Business, Web 2.0 Tools, and much more. In 2010, I went back to school to pursue my Master’s degree in Instructional Technology which led me to my first career shift. I continued to teach B&IT but also served as the system’s Tech Coach to help my colleagues with technology integration. My most recent career shift took place in 2012 when I started as the Tech Coordinator for the Xavier Catholic School System. “Why am I still a member and serving a leadership position in WBEA if I’m not even in the classroom anymore?”, you might ask. I am very passionate about my education and career roots and still have connections to B&IT even in my current role (obviously not as classroom involved but still involved). I value and love the knowledge and skills that B&IT teachers transfer to their students every day. These lifelong skills are so important for every student to obtain (I know, I’m preaching to the choir!). Personally, I am married to a wonderful man, and we have three beautiful children. I love summer and all of the activities that it involves - boating, skiing, taking sunset cruises on the pontoon, roasting marshmallows on the bonfire, and relaxing on the deck having good conversation with family while the kids enjoy the fresh air.

What’s up with Jen…

After graduation, I began my career as a Business & Information Technology Teacher for the Barneveld School District. I was hired two days before school started so I was extremely nervous, but also very excited to have my first teaching job. That same year, I got engaged which caused me to start looking for a new teaching job closer to home. I was hired by the Omro School District in 2006. For six years I taught elementary keyboarding to grades 2 and 3, co-taught a technology skills class to grades 4 and 5 with the media specialist, and taught Business and Information Technology classes at the high school. I also became the advisor of the Omro High School FBLA chapter. In 2010 I graduated from Marian University with my Master’s in Educational Technology. This past year, I have moved to teaching at the high school full time and am really enjoying the new challenges. I love learning! I am always willing to try out something new in my classroom, which of recent has been anything dealing with Google Apps for Education. On a personal note, I am also married and have a two-year old daughter. I enjoy reading and scrapbooking during my free-time which I seem to have less and less of.

What we hope for WBEA…

We would like to help make WBEA be a better reflection of who we are as Business and Information Technology teachers. This could include a name change for the organization to include “Technology” to closer relate us to our title through DPI as Business and Information Technology Teachers. We teach many different types of technology classes in our schools and would like our organization to reflect that. Another goal that we have is to increase membership and participation in this great organization. We want to increase the benefits of being a member of WBEA so it becomes a priority for all business and information technology educators.

Please make it a priority to attend one of the Spring Updates that are coming up after the holidays or our annual convention. These are both great professional development opportunities. You will walk away with great ideas for you classrooms and have the opportunity to network with other educators from around the state. We look forward to serving as Co-Presidents.

Please remember that you can contact either one of us with questions, concerns, and suggestions on how we can make our professional organization as strong and valuable as possible.

Becky Ackermann & Jen Bishop

 

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Member Spotlight

Name:

Becky Ackermann

beckyackermann

Number of Years Teaching

9

What is your expertise Area?

Information Technology, Instructional Technolgoy

Where is your high school alma mater?

Crivitz High School

Where did you get your undergraduate degree from?

UW-Whitewater

Do you have any other degrees? If so what are they and where did you receive your degree from?

Master's of Edcuational Instructional Technology-Cardinal Stritch

What work experience do have other than teaching?

Technology Coach for the system, Technology Coordinator

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Sharing real-life applications with the students and seeing them later applying those (ex: preparing a job application and resume or coming in to tell me they got the job and that the mock interview really helped prepare them for the real interview)

What do you enjoy to do outside of teaching?

Spending time with my family, especially during the summer months up north. We love boating, bonfires, spotting all of the wildlife, fishing. Most of my time is now consumed with being a mom, which I love!  

 

What do you like most about being involved in WBEA?

Being able to have an active voice in the organization, networking with others, learning new ideas and skills.

 

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Xavier Catholic Schools

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