12/1/2008 - Not business as usual in Westport classroom

 Westport teacher livens up classroom, wins award

Press Republican
December 1, 2008
Staff Writer 

 WESTPORT — Teacher Adam Facteau inspires students to push past their comfort zones into the world of business and marketing.

And that has helped earn Westport Central School's Business Department recognition from the Business Teachers Association of New York State.

The award was for efforts in developing a rigorous and relevant program of study for high-school students in the areas of business and marketing.

The department was also honored for its innovative courses, teaching strategies and creative learning experiences that prepare students for success in college and future employment in the global economy.

Among the activities Facteau has instituted at Westport is a Future Business Leaders of America Club, which now, in its second year, has 13 members.

At a regional competition last spring, the club earned several awards, including second place for accounting and impromptu speaking and third place for public speaking and marketing.

Student Kevin Russell was awarded first place for his job-interview skills.

When making a presentation recently to the School Board, club members tried to exhibit professional decorum.

Kasaydia Carter-Martinez's attempt to do so was circumvented when her mother, School Board Vice President Katherine Carter-Martinez, came up to give her a hug.

"I tried to look professional," Kasaydia said.

The students had varied reasons for getting involved in the business activities.

"I like talking in public, and it looks good on a college application," student Delaney Sears gave as his reason for joining the club.

"He's (Facteau) the coolest teacher," 10th-grader LeeAnn Hoskins said. "I always wanted to take accounting, and this seemed to fit. The courses are interesting, and we are able to learn better."

"We do fun things," student Kevin Russell agreed. "No two days are ever the same."

He credits the success of his summer hot-dog business to Facteau and the business acumen he developed through Future Business Leaders activities.

Another program venture is the creation of a school Web site, which includes board meetings, sports, music and other activities. It is edited by students, assisted by Facteau.

The group also has worked on a town Web site to promote business and tourism.

Concerning the state award, Facteau said, "the honor was a great recognition by my peers of fellow business educators and the New York State Education Department.

"I felt very proud, not of my own accomplishments, but of the accomplishments of the business students and the school as whole in such a short amount of time."

Facteau cites the school's cooperation for much of the success.

"The business program at Westport Central School has grown tremendously since I arrived. We have added three new courses: business of music, sports marketing, and web design.

"This is all done through the constant support of an amazing administration and Board of Education here at Westport."

E-mail Alvin Reiner at: rondackrambler@yahoo.com




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