A Message from your President

Andrew Thonstad


Hello Business Teachers!

While the main duty of the President Elect is to plan the fall conference, the benefit was that I had the responsibility to choose the theme for the conference, “Discover New Possibilities”. And while the conference may be over, the opportunities available to Discover New Possibilities are ongoing. As we expect our students to continue to learn and grow, we too need to continue to grow in our profession. 

Thank you to all of those who attended the IBEA Conference. Hopefully you benefitted from the presentations and you were able to Discover New Possibilities, maybe gain an idea or two to improve your classes or lessons. I get excited, while attending presentations, when something “clicks” and I am able to improve my lessons and opportunities for my students. 

A BIG thank you to all of those who presented at the conference. I never felt I did anything different in my classes, until I was sharing changes to my classroom structure and other teachers wanted to hear more. Many of you do something different and/or special in your classrooms. I invite you to ask yourself, “Would someone benefit from what I do?” If the answer is yes, then I urge you to share at your Area Meetings and at the IBEA Conference next year.

And a HUGE THANK YOU to all of those who helped in the planning and execution of the conference. Your involvement has helped others Discover New Possibilities! The conference is a tremendous undertaking, with many parts that need to come together for the conference to be successful. The Planning Team did an excellent job! 

Business educators, we have an awesome opportunity to help our students Discover New Possibilities! According to data from the Employment Projections program and the Occupational Employment Statistics program of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be over 15 MILLION “business” job openings and opportunities by the year 2024. (This is some 13 million more job opportunities than will be available in STEM identified occupations.) Those future business job holders are our current students, and we are tasked to prepare them to fill these roles!

Keep up the awesome work you do. 
Keep making a difference in the lives of your students. 
Keep promoting your great business programs. 
Keep finding ways to Discover New Possibilities!