|Christine Good, business and information technology teacher at Broad Run High School, will receive the 2013 Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher award from the Virginia Association for Career & Technical Education in January at the organization’s annual conference in Richmond. Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny|
Making her mark on future business leaders was always a goal for Christine Good.
After graduating from Heritage High School and attending Virginia Tech, Good took a job as a business and information technology teacher at Broad Run High School.
Four years later, Good has been selected as the 2013 Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher from the Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education.
As a result, she is one of six regional finalists to be recognized at the CTE Region II Conference in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
“I am glad we have a profession where every day is different and we get to start over every single day,” Good said. “That is very unique and special and it is what keeps me motivated for new kids and new classes.”
Good said the key to teaching career and technical education courses is keeping her students engaged, something she does by including examples of things relating to them.
“It is a little bit easier to engage our students because it is so real to them. They might wonder how does this math equation relate to my everyday life or this chemistry concept?,” Good said. “I do try to bring in examples during my daily lessons things they can connect with and a lot of that is getting them involved in current events and things of that nature.”
Under this philosophy, and with the government shutdown, Good has been able to discuss and expand on what the shutdown means for local businesses and employees.
Local business owners and entrepreneurs are also frequent visitors to her classroom.
Good noted that field trips are a great way to teach children how a scenario they study in the classroom relates to a situation in the everyday world.
Recently, she took her kids to Generous George's Pizzeria in Herndon to learn more about business structure, sole proprietors, partnerships and franchises.
“The franchise owner there did a really nice presentation on how he got into franchising, the costs that were associated with it, royalty fees and things like that that go into it,” Good said. “A lot of these kids want to start their own business and think they know what it takes, but to actually get into the numbers and see the process is really cool for them to have.”
In addition to teaching design multimedia and web technology, computer information systems and business management and law, Good also co-sponsors Broad Run's Future Business Leaders of America chapter.
A lot of what is done with FBLA is co-curricular to her organization and provides interesting programs for her students.
“We try to get them involved in class, but outside of school they have opportunities to go to conferences, business leadership conferences and workshops to help the students find what interests them,” Good said.
FBLA also offers competitions in the spring for students to compete including skills tests, producing and service projects.
In the future, Good would like to enhance her lessons by bringing in local business organizations to speak with her students, like the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, Department of Economic Development and Economic Development Commission.
“When I started here four years ago, there were probably 20 students in the FBLA organization,” Good said. “Now we are somewhere in the range of 100 plus members every year. It is a goal of mine to grow those partnerships and get involved with the community organizations.”
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