For Haltinner, who has taught at UW-Stout for 23 years, the award was an unexpected honor. He graduated from the MBE program in 1990 after enrolling as a nontraditional student with an associate degree in marketing. He realized “I needed a bachelor’s degree, thinking I was simply going to earn an advanced marketing degree. Unbeknownst, it launched into teaching.
“It is an honor to be recognized for my devotion to marketing and business education, a career that invited me into both WMEA and WEBIT professional associations, in essence, a professional learning community of dedicated teachers,” Haltinner added.
“A community of curious humans that embrace teaching, leading and learning as transactional, colleagues that support one another; recognizing that we are both teachers and learners, mentors and mentees.”
Thorn was also recently honored by the Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. She received the Early Educator Award last summer.
“It means a lot to be recognized as an outstanding early educator by fellow Wisconsin business educators,” Thorn said. “It makes me motivated to keep putting in good work, and I was really excited to have my family there to watch me accept this award.”
Otten is grateful to receive the WMEA Emerging Marketing Educator award. She was also awarded a $300 WEBIT Student Scholarship.
Otten will student-teach in the spring of 2024, in the Madison area, and graduate that May.
“I was very excited to have the opportunity to receive a scholarship from some of the best teachers and people in marketing and business education,” Otten said.
“I feel so welcomed by all the people who attend these conferences and are willing to help me be successful as a future teacher,” she added.
“I look forward to the rest of my schooling at UW-Stout and continuing to further my knowledge. I know that the same people that I received these awards from will be there with me to help me achieve my finish in the MBE program at UW-Stout.”
Stanislawski believes that Otten has demonstrated a commitment to preparing for her career as a marketing teacher, including developing her leadership skills by serving as the social media director for the MBEA student organization and serving as the chair of judge’s recruitment for a regional DECA competition held annually at UW-Stout.
“Within academic and university life, Ashley is very committed to demonstrating cultural responsiveness,” Stanislawski added. “She plans to move beyond inclusive practices by developing curriculum utilizing the Anti Bias Anti Racist Framework to create ‘just and equitable’ lessons as part of her UW-Stout Honors Project. She is no doubt working to establish herself as an emerging leader in marketing education.”