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Elgin business teacher honored

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An Elgin High School teacher has been recognized this fall for her work teaching an entrepreneurship class.

Darrecia Johnson is a first-year INCubatoredu high school entrepreneurship teacher at Elgin High School. The class she teaches is like an incubator course, she said; the students spend the year creating a product, service or company, culminating in them pitching their project. Students also have the opportunity to pitch their project at the national level with other students, as well. Students have mentors and coaches help them as they create their products.

Uncharted Learning, which created the INCubatoredu program, features teachers from across the country for their professional development and accomplishment at various levels and officially recognizes them at the annual Uncharted Learning National Summit.

Johnson was recognized last month as a certified teacher, which is a distinction given to educators who demonstrate a commitment to ongoing learning by attending multiple learning events in an academic year. According to the release from Uncharted Learning, Johnson "seized every opportunity to learn with others." She attended four synchronous sessions, asked questions of the professional learning community and was open about sharing challenges and successes. One of Johnson's student teams qualified for the PitchYea competition in San Antonio in February 2020.