Sequoyah High School marketing teacher Kari Palmer has won the Dr. Paul DeLargy Angel Award from this summer’s 29th annual International Entrepreneurship Institute.
The top award from an international entrepreneurship education program is the highest honor the institute bestows recognizing “the educator who develops entrepreneurship education best practices along with implementation plans that have the greatest potential for social impact and student transformation.”
The recipient must also “exhibit passion for student transformation and capture the very spirit of a social entrepreneurship angel.”
Palmer, with Cherokee County School District Special Education teacher Linda VanFossen, developed a plan to increase high school graduation rates by involving more Career Technical Instruction students in entrepreneurship career classes and by offering more experiential learning activities.
“As a result of the activities and experiences that Ms. Palmer has exposed the students to, a number of students have been energized, become more motivated, have developed a positive attitude about their education and want to be able to graduate from high school,” Sequoyah High School Principal Elliott Berman said.
Career Technical Instruction is a program that supports Special Education students enrolled in Career, Technical and Agricultural Education classes.
Only one high school teacher receives this annual award, which is named for Dr. Paul DeLargy, founder of Real Leading Economic Development through Global Entrepreneurship, in honor of his dedication to transforming student lives through entrepreneurship.
“Ms. Palmer is a master teacher who is dedicated, hardworking and committed to educational excellence. She cares about her students’ academic needs and is able to motivate her students to excel because she also cares about them as individuals,” Berman said. “Winning this award is a testimony to the outstanding educator that Ms. Palmer is and all that she does day-in and day-out to teach her students.”
DeLargy, according to the Institute, “believes that educators who use experiential best practices to serve, teach and inspire their students are the greatest social entrepreneurs, or as he more lovingly calls them, social entrepreneurship angels.”
The institute is presented by Real LEDGE in partnership with the Kennesaw State University Entrepreneurship Center to prepare K-12 and post-secondary educators and community-based organizations to teach entrepreneurship. Palmer was one of four Cherokee County School District educators to attend the institute.