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Class # 4   Grades: 2- 3

Class Overview

How many times have you been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  In our class you will have the opportunity to become an expert on a career that you choose.  You will design and build a visual of your job and create your own personal career portfolio.  You will receive a mock paycheck and learn to maintain your own checkbook. You will also have the opportunity to work with a small team of your classmates as entrepreneurs and come up with a product that could be sold at the Minnesota State Fair.  Your team will design a model of a display booth, make a prototype of your product, and come up with a plan to persuade customers to purchase your product.  One of the many highlights of our class is running the two Summer Academy concession stands and seeing first-hand how a real business works.  You will take your turn to work in the concession stand making sales to Summer Academy students and staff.  Join us as we explore “real world” experiences.


Amber Neva

Amber Neva received her BS degree in elementary education K-8 from St. Cloud State University.  She has worked with pre-school through 8th grade students.  She taught 5th grade for three years in Minot, ND.  She is currently teaching third grade in the Minong, WI. This is her 11th year at Summer Academy.

Teresa Peterson

Teresa Peterson received her BA degree in elementary education and psychology from Hamline University and her Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas.  Mrs. Peterson has taught second grade in Mahtomedi for 28 years, four of those years as an instructional coach for elementary and secondary teachers.  This is her 23rd year at the Academy.

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