Congratulations to Nova Middle School entrepreneurship teacher, Michael Brennan, who is this year’s recipient of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) 2015 Global Enterprising Educator for South Florida. Brennan will be honored at NFTE's Global Showcase on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Gotham Hall in New York City for his successful implementation of the NFTE Program at Nova Middle School.
Brennan is the instructor, or “Campus CEO,” of the entrepreneurship course at Nova Middle. He began teaching the NFTE curriculum at the beginning of the 2013/14 school year. At the end of the first year, NFTE presented Brennan with the chance to pilot a program called App Inventor
, where he would teach a Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed coding program that allowed students to build mobile apps. The program was sponsored by Verizon, which supplied the class with 25 Samsung tablets.
“As evolving technology has changed the world, so does the manner in which we prepare our students for the future. Michael Brennan has been an educator for 24 years, serving 17 of those years at Nova Middle. When approached about becoming "Campus CEO," Brennan immediately accepted and owned the task of building this stellar program. His business acumen and vast knowledge of the world market has been the foundation of which this course was built,” said Dr. Jermiane Fleming, principal at Nova Middle.
After visiting the entrepreneurship class, Verizon decided to do a focus group with Brennan's students as they navigated their way through the Verizon App Challenge. Student performance, enthusiasm and dedication to learning App Inventor
was a large deciding factor in Brennan winning the NFTE Global Enterprising Educator of the Year award.
The NFTE mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.
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