Shining the Spotlight on Ms. DeVillers

"As soon as you walk through my door, you are in the work world," is a motto of instructor Patti Jo DeVillers, who teaches at West De Pere Middle School, in De Pere, Wis. Laura Belter, operations assistant for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, shared Patti Jo's "teacher spotlight" story.

"Ms. DeVillers always says how bright we are, that she expects the very best from us...always," stated Josie, who is a current student of Ms. DeVillers. "This is always nice to hear, it inspires you to flourish and impress the teacher."

Josie remembered and shared her experience of her first day of school--she and her classmates were lined up outside Ms. DeVillers classroom door when Ms. DeVillers walked out. Their teacher looked at them and said she was observing who she would potentially hire and then mentioned the main quality she was looking for: a good attitude. Josie learned she is responsible for her own future--something she didn't understand before having a JA program.

Each of Ms. DeVillers classes experiences the opportunity to incorporate Junior Achievement concepts into a real-world situation. She challenges the students to expand their knowledge of multiple careers, while also encouraging creative questions that are to be directed to the volunteer or parents.

Ms. DeVillers has the knowledge to teach the importance of having a strong work ethics and to work toward success at home, at work, and in the community. She has invested 13 years into JA programs and feels fortunate to have enriched the lives of so many students, some yet to enter her classroom.

How does she know she enriches lives? If a students knowledge of financial literacy has expanded, he or she rings a bell that hangs near the classroom exit. Needless to say, the bell gets a lot of use!

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