Niles North business education teacher Jean Attig was named the 2019 Illinois DECA Marketing Educator of the Year at the Illinois Career Development Conference (IL-CDC) in Rosemont, IL on March 8.
Attig has been a business education teacher for Niles Township High School District 219 for over 22 years, and during that time has taught almost every class in the business department as well as supported hundreds of students as a DECA advisor. Her students have competed at local, area, state and international levels with great success and have gone on to have experiences and careers in areas around the globe. She has been very active in the North Suburban Area DECA organization, serving as Co-Director of the organization and next fall will take on the role of Executive Director of Competency-Based Events for ILDECA.
Attig is only the second Niles North teacher to earn the prestigious Educator of the Year accolade. The other winner, Bill Coulson, was a Niles North business teacher who founded the NN DECA chapter in 1978. The chapter continues to be one of the strongest and most successful DECA chapters in the state of Illinois.
“Jean is a relentless advocate for students and a true champion of DECA,” said Dr. James Edwards, Niles North Principal. “We are so proud of her efforts to provide opportunities for students to be self- directed and collaborative learners through their experience in DECA. Her work also serves as a catalyst for students to be able to make informed decisions on career pathways through their experience with DECA colleagues and the various business projects and competitions.”
Last year’s Marketing Educator of the Year, Jenny Webber, said of Attig, “The amount of time (Attig) has spent creating schedules for competition, along with the entire registration process is something that does not go unnoticed. She is highly spoken of from her students and during conferences – you can always tell they are excited to work with her and truly want to make her proud.”
With nearly a 70-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than 10 million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. The organization has resonated into a brand that people identify as remarkable in the preparation of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. DECA’s programs and activities have constantly evolved to use the latest technology and apply cutting-edge educational research. DECA’s vision of educational innovation and excellence serves as a beacon and its many successful programs stand as models for other educational programs.