Author: Jenna Jeffrey
Published: Tuesday, 04 May 2021
Junior Achievement and MEMIC recognize educators as role models and mentors who help empower, motivate, and prepare students to envision their future and ignite a passion for continuous learning. The "Extraordinary Educators" campaign will take a closer look at Maine educators, their stories, their commitment to serving Maine’s youth, and the impact they have on their students.
Take a look at our Q&A with Wladimir Ortiz of Maine Central Institute!
What made you want to become a teacher?
I want to have the privilege and opportunity to touch the lives of young students to equip them with the knowledge and skills to join life after school, which could be post-secondary education, military or join the workforce.
Do you have a favorite memory as a teacher?
The expression of my students when they have conquered a topic or skill that has questioned their knowledge or abilities to do it.
Why do you choose to bring JA to your students?
JA has been able to combine very well content, practical skills, workforce involvement from volunteers to allow my students gain the knowledge and skills to prepare them for life after school.
Do you have a favorite JA moment in your classroom?
When leaders in the business community come to my classroom, and engage with my students, so they can understand and connect the importance of the given topic we are teaching.
What do you hope your students take away from their time with you?
I want my students to gain the skills, and competency to pursue their potential, and make a positive contribution to our society.
Thank you Wladimir, for all you do for Maine students!
Follow the Extraordinary Educators campaign on JA's social media platforms as we highlight Maine educators, their stories, their commitment to serving Maine’s youth, and the impact they have on their students.