By Word of Mouth

Intrigued, Scott Noah, a fifth-grade teacher at Emmet Belknap Intermediate School of Lockport, N.Y., asked his colleague from across the hall, about the classroom presenter who made the yearly, four-times-a-month visits. That is how he was introduced to Junior Achievement of Western New York <http://bit.ly/1t5xiu8> . Justine Waldron, education and public relations manager at JA of Western New York, shared this story.[Scott Noah, 5th Grade Teacher at Emmet Belknap Intermediate School.]Scott Noah, 5th Grade Teacher at Emmet Belknap Intermediate School."As a classroom teacher who is responsible for the ELA (English Language Arts) and math scores of students? New York State Assessments, I was very leery of anyone coming in my room and taking any lesson time away from those assessments," said Scott. "However, I decided to give it a try with my own class, and it was one of the best classroom decisions I had ever made." Scott would see his colleagues? students engaged, on-task, and having a lot of fun and after signing up for the JA sessions <http://bit.ly/1LVm9H3> , Scott got to experience this with his own students. Scott?s feedback of the sessions included how rewarding the time was and that it gave the students? insight on skills they can use when they get older."The activities reinforce the reading, writing and mathematical skills that they learn in class," said Scott. "It is enjoyable and the activities are interactive and are geared toward hands-on learning."Before inviting JA into his classroom, Scott would overhear some of the topics being discussed in his colleague?s classroom. The topics included businesses, industries, and labor, all of which Scott knew was essential to creating a work ready classroom."JA is a valuable asset to educators of Western New York," said Scott.

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