M-PBEA Awards

Carol Sessums, 2019 Leadership Award Selection

Leadership Award

The M-PBEA Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leaders within our organization. Recipients of this award have provided countless hours of service toward business education in our region. The nomination deadline for the Leadership Award is March 1, 2020. Complete the nomination form below and return to Connie Lindell as an email attachment to  conniefbla@gmail.com


Congratulations to Carol Sessums of Colorado, the 2019 M-PBEA Leadership Award Recipient.

M-PBEA Awards

The M-PBEA awards program recognizes individuals in our region who have made significant contributions to business education. Award categories are Middle Level Teacher of the Year, Secondary Teacher of the Year, Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, Senior College or University Teacher of the Year, Administrator or Supervisor of the Year, Contributions by an Institution/Agency, Rookie of the Year, and Outstanding Program. Award nominees must carefully adhere to the award guidelines.These guidelines include: 


  • Postmark application by March 1, 2019
  • Correct typing requirements 
  • Correct number of support letters 


Our region has many outstanding business educators. These individuals deserve recognition for their achievements and for their contributions to business education. Make a nomination today by contacting a deserving nominee and sending them the nomination form below. These nominations are sent to Jean Condon, M-PBEA President-Elect, and her contact information is found on each nomination form below.

2019 Award Winners

Rookie Teacher of the Year

Melissa Korslien  

Wachter Middle School
North Dakota

Secondary Teacher of the Year

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Michelle Bruna
Washington County High School
Kansas

Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year

 Karen Nathe
Bismarck State College
North Dakota 

Collegiate/University Teacher of the Year

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Dr. Holly Gruhlke  

Dickinson State
North Dakota

Administrator/Supervisor of the Year

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Julie Hippen

Lincoln Public Schools 

Nebraska

Award Eligibility

Outstanding Contributions to Business Education by a Secondary Rookie Business Teacher

The nominee must be a member of NBEA/M-PBEA, currently teaching business at the secondary level. Applicants must have no more than five years teaching experience as of the submission deadline. Applicants who are not selected for this award may resubmit, providing eligibility criteria are met. 

Outstanding Contributions to Business Education by a Middle Level Business Teacher

The nominee must be primarily engaged in teaching business at the middle level.  If the nominee has dual  responsibilities, at least 50 percent of those responsibilities at the major employing institution must be in teaching.  The nominee’s contributions may have been made over an extended period of time, but the major impact must have occurred within three years prior to the nomination.  The nominee must be a member of NBEA/M-PBEA.   

Outstanding Contributions to Business Education by a Secondary Business Teacher

The nominee must be primarily engaged in teaching business at the secondary level. If the nominee has dual responsibilities, at least 50 percent of those responsibilities at the major employing institution must be in teaching.  The nominee's contributions may have been made over an extended period of time, but the major impact must have occurred within three years prior to the nomination.The nominee must be a member of NBEA/M-PBEA. 

Outstanding Contributions to Business Education by a Postsecondary Business Teacher

The nominee must be primarily engaged in teaching business at the postsecondary level. If the nominee has dual responsibilities, at least 50 percent of those responsibilities at the major employing institution must be in teaching.  The nominee's contributions may have been made over an extended period of time, but the major impact must have occurred within three years prior to the nomination. The nominee must be a member of NBEA/M-PBEA.  

Outstanding Contributions to Business Education by a Senior College or University Business Teacher

The nominee must be primarily engaged in teaching business at the collegiate/university level (including business teacher education). The nominee's contributions may have been made over an extended period of time, but the major impact must have occurred within three years prior to the nomination. The nominee must be a member of NBEA/M-PBEA 

Outstanding Contributions to Business Educ. by an Administrator/Supervisor of Business Education

The nominee must be primarily engaged in the administration or supervision of a business education program.  If the nominee has dual responsibilities, at least 50 percent of those responsibilities must be in an administrative/supervisory function at the major employing institution. The nominee must be a member of NBEA/M-PBEA 

Outstanding Achievements of Business Education Program (Any Level)

 An individual program is eligible to apply or a school/college may submit an application on behalf of the business education program. The program nomination must be made by an NBEA/M-PBEA member or by the Executive Boards of NBEA-affiliated regional, state, or local associations. One teacher/instructor/administrator of the nominated  program must be a current NBEA/M-PBEA member and the nominator must also be a current NBEA/M-PBEA member. 

Outstanding Contributions to Business Education

Outstanding Contributions to Business Education by an Institution, Organization, Business Firm, Government Agency, or an Individual Associated With Any of These Groups. The nominee must be primarily engaged in some activity other than the education of individuals for careers in business.  The nominee's contributions must have a significant impact on business education at the regional and/or national level.