Professional OpportunitiesNBEA Award Winners


Recognizing Excellence in Business Education

Each year NBEA accepts nominations for outstanding individuals for the following award categories:

Middle School Teacher of the Year [nomination form]
This award recognizes outstanding contributions to business education by a middle school business educator.

Secondary Teacher of the Year [nomination form]
This award recognizes outstanding contributions to business education by a secondary business educator.

Postsecondary Teacher of the Year [nomination form]
This award recognizes outstanding contributions to business education by a postsecondary business educator.

Collegiate or University Teacher of the Year [nomination form]
This award recognizes outstanding contributions to business education by a senior college or university business educator.

Distinguished Service Award for an Administrator or Supervisor [nomination form]
This award recognizes outstanding contributions to business education by an administrator or supervisor of business education.

Distinguished Service Award
This award recognizes outstanding contributions to business education by an institution, organization, business firm, government agency, or individual associated with any of these groups.

For more information about eligibility for this award or to obtain a nomination form, please contact NBEA at 703.860.8300 or



The 2017 NBEA Award winners:

Lori Henneberg
Middle School Teacher of the Year

Lori Henneberg, from Holy Trinity School in Lenexa, Kansas, was named NBEA Middle School Teacher of the Year.

Lori Henneberg says she found her true calling in business education after several detours in the world of business. Once she recognized it, she realized she was doubly blessed: her business experience allowed her to mix real-world applications with educational pedagogy. She wrote and implemented what became her school's official business education curriculum. That program, which is based on the National Standards for Business Education, is now sought after by other schools and school districts.

As a computer teacher and administrative technology coach, Mrs. Henneberg's strength lies in differentiating learning based on student needs. As a result, says a colleague, students learn at a higher level. She regularly encourages students to think about their future in business and to develop applied life skills. Her students have shared game designs at a state convention and created a video for a state organization. One student even created and is marketing an app to the Apple Store. He shared these thoughts about Mrs. Henneberg:: "She saw a talent I have and helped me find confidence in that skill. She invited me to speak at a State Convention of Teachers this past fall and I (nervously) went. … that experience taught me … that [my teacher] is confident in her students and their abilities and that I, even as a middle school student, can achieve greatness."


Mrs. Henneberg's quest is to help every student achieve greatness. She has a reputation for deliberately designing each class as a warm and productive learning environment.

Professionally, Lori Henneberg actively promotes business education and continuous learning for business educators. She actively encourages business teachers to maintain membership in state, regional, and national business education associations. And although she currently teaches at the middle school level, she’s taught at every level, including teacher education where she's helped dedicated and talented individuals find their true calling in the classroom.

Ann Kieser
Secondary Teacher of the Year

Ann Kieser from Mansfield Junior Senior High School in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, was named NBEA Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Famous anthropologist Margaret Mead once said this about what it takes to make a difference: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Ann Kieser is one of these thoughtful, committed people. An instructor of business, computer, and information technology, she teaches in a rural school which can be challenging and often means teaching an overload. Yet she does it, sometimes teaching two different courses in one block, because she believes students “deserve to learn without being limited by the size of a school.” Armed with this philosophy, Ms. Kieser singlehandedly updated her department's curriculum, creating new courses based on the National Standards for Business Education and aligning them to best practices. She also revived her school’s FBLA chapter, and her students now take first and second place awards on the national stage.

Ms. Kieser's instruction is vibrant and effective and she is routinely asked to share her techniques with peers during in-service training days. She has served as her district’s coordinator of cyber education and as a technology coach for “Classrooms of the Future.” And the more than 40 presentations she has given at national conventions draw standing-room-only crowds.

Like a ripple in a pond, her influence extends beyond local and regional borders. She serves on district-wide committees, writes for professional journals, and has served in state, regional, and national association officer positions. Her many achievements led one colleague to call her a “role model for excellence in business education and for integrating technology into research-based teaching strategies.”

JaderstromAngela D. Chittick
Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

Angela D. Chittick from Mid-Plains Community College, Maywood, Nebraska, was named NBEA Postsecondary Business Teacher of the Year. An article in the January 2016 issue of Forbes magazine noted that “Businesses worldwide say there is an acute shortage of skilled workers even though 73 million young adults are looking for jobs.” Angela Chittick has made it her life’s work to bridge that skills gap.

Ms. Chittick is recognized as an innovator in classrooms on the ground and online. As part facilitator, part coach, her teaching “is wrapped in an enthusiastic package that includes textbook information, hands-on applications, and real-world problem solving,” says one of her colleagues.

She is credited with having helped create one of their Mid-Plains Community College's strongest programs. That program is informed by twice-yearly meetings between faculty and a business advisory board of community employers. Together, program offerings are crafted to ensure students have relevant workplace skills. Often this involves updating the curriculum and surveying employers, then creating new courses. Ms. Chittick created the course “Extreme Business Makeover,” which connects students with entrepreneurs and business owners to work on collaborative projects.

Ms. Chittick's leadership as a Phi Beta Lambda co-advisor has also brought the college additional recognition. And when she is not in the classroom or coaching students for competitive events, she gives generously of her time and expertise to students, peers, and the community. She mentors students and colleagues; serves in state, regional, and national elective leadership roles in professional organizations; and develops customized training for companies such as American Suzuki, Coca Cola, and Wells Fargo Banks. Her work on a grant-writing team received funding that helps 30 to 50 displaced homemakers annually return to school and earn a degree.


KyleElisha C. Wohleb
Collegiate Teacher of the Year

Elisha C. Wohleb from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, was named NBEA Collegiate Business Teacher of the Year.

Elisha Wohleb is, in the words of one supporter, unequivocally admired for “her effectiveness as an educator and a mentor… . Simply put, she…impacts her students from their first day of class [throughout] their careers.” Students give her near-perfect evaluations—a 5.7 on a 6.0 scale—for her professionalism, the relevance of her content, and her outstanding teaching skills.

As a mentor, says a former student, Dr. Wohleb provides excellent preparation for future business educators. The student writes, "In her methods course she asked how we would respond if specific instances arose in the classroom. I was unsure because I had never thought these scenarios could or would happen…but when they did during my internship, I was prepared and able to handle the situations with ease." Another student wrote, "Her classes are always interesting because she never fails to incorporate past experience or relate what we’re learning to something beyond the textbook. She is a great model teacher and I hope I can inspire my students like she has inspired me."

Dr. Wohleb has delivered numerous presentations at state, regional, national, and international conferences, and held leadership roles in several of the sponsoring organizations. Her articles on distance learning strategies and on technology competencies in a changing society have been published in books, trade and peer-reviewed educational journals, and conference proceedings. In addition to serving on a business education advisory board, Dr. Wohleb consistently promotes business education and marketing programs in the community, recruits guest speakers, and collaborates with students and businesses to arrange internship placements.

Dr. Wohleb currently serves as president of the Southern Business Education Association and as editor for the National Association for Business Teacher Education.