Former WMHS business teacher receives honor at BPA convention

Former Watertown-Mayer business education teacher Nancy McAfee received the Business Professionals of America Hall of Fame Award recently at this year’s national convention. (Submitted photo)

Former Watertown-Mayer business education teacher Nancy McAfee received the Business Professionals of America Hall of Fame Award recently at this year’s national convention. (Submitted photo)

Nancy McAfee, former Business Education teacher at Watertown-Mayer High School, received the Business Professionals of America Hall of Fame Award at the National Business Professionals of America Conference in Orlando earlier this month in Orlando. The purpose of the Hall of Fame Award is to recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions to Business Professionals of America.

McAfee has been involved in OEA/BPA since 1973, when she became a member while attending the University of Minnesota. During her teaching career, she started a chapter at Watertown-Mayer High School with eight members. Over the years, her chapter grew to over 80 members, which was one of the largest extra-curricular activities at the high school. During her time as an educator and Business Professionals of America advisor, she received such awards as BPA Minnesota – Distinguished Service Award, 2011, Minnesota Leadership in Educational Excellence Award, 1999, BPA Distinguished Service Citation, 1998, and Watertown-Mayer Teacher of the Year Award, 2001-02.

At the national Business Professionals of America level, Nancy has served as the Minnesota CEAC representative, serving as the chair during the 2008-2009 school year.  In 2011, she was elected to the BPA National Board of Trustees as Member At Large, and is currently serving as the BPA National Board of Trustees Secretary. McAfee has also been active on the national staff as a volunteer, serving as the chair of the competitive events and grading room. She unselfishly gives endless hours of her time and knowledge to the BPA organization.

Since her retirement from education, McAfee has continued being involved in the state BPA organization, serving as Webmaster of the MN BPA website.  Also, many hours are spent assisting with the planning and implementing of the fall and Spring Leadership Conferences as a volunteer on the state staff.

McAfee is an excellent example of an individual who has made significant contributions to Business Professionals of America. Her positive attitude, commitment and dedication to Business Professionals of America are true assets to the organization. Karen Schmohe from Cengage and Dr. Brenda Jacobson from Idaho were also inducted during the opening session of the National Leadership Conference.

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