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Brainerd High School teacher honored as educator of the year

Brainerd High School teacher Landon Brainerd (center) was recognized as High School Educator of the Year by Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest. Pictured with Brainerd are Gina Blayney (left), JUAM president and CEO, and Amy Gray, JAUM district manager. Submitted photo

Brainerd High School teacher Landon Brainerd was honored as High School Educator of the Year from Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest.

This award recognizes Junior Achievement educators performing outstanding service in making JA high school programs available for students. These programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future and foster useful skills for the business world, a news release stated.

In his first year at Brainerd High School, Brainerd integrated JA programming into his curriculum. He also petitioned the school board to create a new entrepreneurship class this coming school year, which will use JA as its primary course curriculum. In addition, he ran several sections of JA Titan, an interactive business simulation teaching students how to create and market a successful company, and a team of students participated in both the area and regional JA Titan competitions.

"Landon is a wonderful example of how one person can make a huge difference in the lives of young people in our community," said Gina Blayney, president and CEO at Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, in a news release. "He is a great advocate of Junior Achievement and has helped grow our presence at Brainerd High School."

According to a recent survey conducted by Junior Achievement USA, 95 percent of JA teachers report students who participate in JA have a better understanding of how the real world operates.