Teacher Earns National Honors

The Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) named Mrs. Carol Bolin, an instructor for the Career & Technology Center (CTC) at Fort Osage, their Teacher of the Year. This national award honored Mrs. Bolin's hard work with her Entrepreneurial Studies program, a unique classroom for high school students housed at Independence Center. The program is part of the SYF Academies, a partnership between the Foundation and local school districts. Students learn about organizing, creating and operating a business. Students run the seasonal gift wrapping booth at Independence Center, complete internships with local organizations like the Missouri Mavericks hockey team and can earn college credit and scholarships. Last year's graduating class earned $264,000 in scholarships from SYF. "When anyone in the district mentions Mrs. Bolin or her Entrepreneurship class, the first thing they think of is high energy, innovation, and student success," says Mike Pantleo, director of the CTC. "She does it with the flair and dignity that encourages not only high expectations but student self-efficacy and self-discipline. If we could bottle the energy that she displays on a daily basis, we could put Mountain Dew out of business."

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