Teresa Green isn’t sure what she would do if she wasn’t teaching business-related courses at Greene County High School (formerly Jefferson-Scranton High School).
“This is my 33rd year,” she says. “I love teaching, and the parents, kids and staff here are great.”
Technology has been the biggest change in recent years, and Green is happy to say the school keeps up to date with computers and programs. When she first started after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, everything was done on typewriters.
The classes she teaches where students receive both college and high school credits include business communications, professional development, office calculators, personal development, basic word processing, basic spread sheet, basic presentation and basic data bases. She also high school only credit classes including technology applications, advertising and careers and co-teaches a video productions class for high school credits. There are two additional teachers who teach business classes, one part-time and one full-time. The college credit classes help students get a leg up on earning credits toward as degree before they ever enter college.
“I teach business classes with a vocational education emphasis,” she says. “Some of my students will go right out into the workforce, and some will go on to college.
“For me it has been fun watching kids grow up and getting to know students and their families,” she says. “I’m at a point where I’m teaching the children of students I saw graduate.”
A number of students spend time in local businesses to find out if they are interested in certain career areas, like accounting. This helps them discover what they like, or find out they don’t like a certain type of work, Green says.
She also is a co-sponsor of Interact, a community service group through Rotary Club where high school students do a community service project each month. From 60 – 100 students are involved in Interact each year. The students do everything from raking leaves for people in the community to helping organizations set up for fundraisers.
“The community service part of students’ experiences is important as a way to give back to a community that has provided so much for us,” Green says.