Personal Information: Room: 302 Email:Shirley.Poelstra@mpls.k12.mn.us Phone: (612) 668-1336 

 "If you help enough people get what they want, you will get what you want out of life." Zig Ziglar

 

My Bio: I received my Bachelors degree at South Dakota State University in Business Economics and my Masters at the University of Minnesota in Marketing Education.  I have been teaching and managing programs full time at Thomas Edison High School since 1999.  Prior to Thomas Edison, I worked as a sales representative for ten years and for the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce for six years implementing and managing the Voyager:  Direction for Learning and Careers Leadership model.
My current responsibilities at Thomas Edison are to prepare students for the "World of Work" and their post-secondary aspirations by partnering with our local businesses, community volunteers and non-profit programs to help Edison students achieve their mission and vision, which are:

 

Mission: All students will graduate with the skills necessary to excel in their post secondary aspirations; and

 

Vision: Through innovation and personal empowerment, the Edison community will partner with our students, igniting a passion for lifelong learning, instilling the ideals of international mindedness, leading our students to succeed at Edison and beyond.

 

The programs and classes that I work with are:

 

(1) Voyager:  Direction for Learning & Careers Program:  two-year leadership program that prepares today's students to be tomorrow's skilled workers by combining high school and post-secondary instruction with career-oriented, on-the-job experience.  Students have the opportunity to attend site visits at local businesses, hear from guest instructors, and network at business luncheons with the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce members (95% of Voyager students graduate from Edison and attend post-secondary options)

 

 (2) Edison Entrepreneur Academy (EEP):   two year program that will combine Business, Environmental Science, English with "soft" skill" preparation. You will:   

 

learn how to start your own business

 

work on projects for local companies

 

meet local business leaders

 

work with SparkY

 

visit local businesses

 

be taught by business guest instructors?

 

 

 

(3) Junior IB Business: provide students an overview of business managment, human resources, marketing and entrepreneurship

 

(4)  International Baccalaureate CAS Program:  Creativity - arts and other expressions that involve creative thinking;  Action - physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, and involvement in activities which enrich your life and teach you new things;  Service - unpaid, voluntary actions which do not earn credit and are not for family which result in amelioration of both small-scale and global problems, enrich the lives of others, and make the world a better place.

 

(5) Career and Worksite Seminar: daily classes exploring careers and preparing for employment

 

(6) Target Email Mentor Program:  exchange of weekly emails from junior & senior students and Target employees  

 

(7) Junior Achievement Company Program:  a weekly program that partners with BMO Harris Bank to prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to  create a company, produce a product, market/sell the product and write an Annual Report. Five officers are selected to compete in the Regional Competition in April. In April 2012 and 2014, students took FIRST place in Regions and were selected to attend Nationals in Washington, D.C. Only 15 teams can compete and over 100 apply. In July 2010, students took FOURTH place at Nationals for designing an international cookbook. In 2014 students place in the top THIRD for the Microsoft Social Inovation Award. The program runs from October-May. Students meet one day a week after school. Please join our team. 

 

Paid Internship Programs:  Step-Up, Genesys, and Reve Academy
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