As I sit here and type this, it is hard to believe it can already be August 21. That means in-services are about to start and the new school year is right around the corner. As I close in on my first year as President, I am in awe of the changes that continually take place in our profession.
I look forward to leading WEBIT through the next year, and I am excited to see what changes will occur. I am also looking forward to meeting the wonderful Business and Information Technology teachers throughout the state at both WEBIT and FBLA conferences. First I thought you would like to know a little about me.
After graduating from UW-Whitewater, I began my career as a long-term sub in the Waunakee School District. I taught the entire 4th quarter. As we all know, the 4th quarter can be very challenging, but it gave me experience no one can teach in college! I was then hired at Ripon High School where I have taught for the past 21 years. Classes I have taught include: Accounting I & II, Personal Finance, Introduction to Business, Employability Skills, Information Processing, Entrepreneurship, and many more. For many years I also taught sixth grade keyboarding at our middle school. In 2009 I graduated from UW-Oshkosh with my Master's in Educational Leadership. I am also the FBLA Adviser, School Store Manager and the Assistant Cross Country Coach. Needless to say, I am very busy once the school year starts! On a personal note, I am married and have a six-year old son. I LOVE taking pictures and scrapbooking during my free time, as well as many activities with friends/family.
I hope you make it a priority to CONNECT-LEARN-SHARE this year with colleagues and other Business and Information Technology teachers from across the state. A great place to start is by attending the WEBIT Fall Convention in Wisconsin Dells on October 6-7. Go to the webitonline.org website to find more information about the convention. The WEBIT board is trying to reconnect with lifetime and retired members. Look for an email on the list serve and the Google+ Community soon to see if you can help us out. We are also trying to update our database to include all WI Business and Information Technology teachers as the new school year begins. Look for that survey as well.
I look forward to serving as your president over the next year. Please remember you can contact me if you have questions, concerns or suggestions about how we can make our professional organization even better. Have an AWESOME school year!
Sheri Schmidt, WEBIT President