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Portage High School teacher honored for 2nd time in less than a year
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Portage High School teacher honored for 2nd time in less than a year


Jan Imhoff is racking up honors.

Portage High School’s business and information technology teacher received the 2017 Russell J. Hosler Award on Friday at the Wisconsin Educators for Business and Information Technology Convention in La Crosse.

Her award comes after she had received a Herb Kohl Foundation fellowship in March – one of 100 teachers in the state to be recognized for her leadership inside and outside of the classroom.

The Hosler Award recognizes educators for “outstanding contributions to the advancement of business education,” according to a news release from the school.

Imhoff has been teaching in Portage since 1995. Among the classes she teaches at Portage High School is Microsoft Office Academy, for which students earn dual credits with Madison College and Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications. She also teaches business graphics, sports and entertainment for business, business management and employability skills.

“She is a distinguished educator who is professional, creative, caring and inspires students to do outstanding work in the classroom and in competition,” Principal Robin Kvalo said. “She represents the best of the best in education.”

In the school’s news release Kvalo singled out Imhoff’s passion for learning new technology – something that benefits students, as well as staff who learn from Imhoff in professional development held over the summer.

Imhoff earned a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2006. As an adviser for Portage Future Business Leaders of America, she has seen 10 students earn roles as state officers and myriad achievements during regional, state and national competitions. Imhoff won the Wisconsin FBLA Outstanding Adviser Award in 2009.

Drive 4 UR School

Portage FBLA will host its annual fundraiser “Drive 4 UR School” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Portage Walmart parking lot.

Every time a community member takes a free test drive courtesy of Portage Ford, the company donates $20 to the Portage FBLA program. Portage Ford will donate an additional $20 per person if they test drive a Ford Fusion.

“This is our main fundraiser for the year and helps us to cover the costs of transportation and registration costs for our regional, state and national conferences,” Portage FBLA President Hunter Warzecha said in an email.

Follow Noah Vernau on Twitter @NoahVernau or contact him at 608-695-4956.


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