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Mrs. Jodi Kirkland

I am a 3rd year teacher with a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration.  Before teaching I worked in Banking and Finance for 6 years.  I have been married for 4 years and have two kids. 

  • Introduction to Business and Technology

    Introduction to Business & Technology is the foundational course for the Administrative Support, Small Business Development, and Human Resources Management pathways. The course is designed for high school students as a gateway to the career pathways above and provides an overview of business and technology skills required for today's business environment. Knowledge of business principles, the impact of financial decisions, and technology proficiencies demanded by businesses combine to establish the elements of this course. Emphasis is placed on developing proficient fundamental computer skills required for all career pathways. Employability skills are integrated into activities, tasks, and projects throughout the course standards to demonstrate the skills required by business and industry. Competencies in the co-curricular student organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), are integral components of both the employability skills standards and content standards for this course.

    Entrepreneurship 

    How do you turn an idea into a business? Experience just that in this course! Entrepreneurship focuses on recognizing a business opportunity, starting a business, operating and maintaining a business. ​Employability skills are integrated into the course as well as in our co-curricular organization, Future business leaders of America (FBLA). Entrepreneurship is the third course in the pathway in the Business Management & Administration Cluster.

     

    Links to Google Classrooms

    Mrs. Kirkland's 1st Block Google Classroom

    Mrs. Kirkland's 2nd Block Google Classroom

    Mrs. Kirkland's 4th Block Google Classroom


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Ms. Debbie Stephens- Dept. Head

Hello!

My name is Debbie Stephens, and this is my 32nd year here at WCHS.  I am very excited to be a part of the WCHS faculty teaching Business & Technology and Business Communications.  I also serve as a FBLA Adviser and the CTAE Department Head.  I am a WCHS alumni ~ Class of 1985!  GO JACKETS!

After graduating from WCHS in 1985, I attended Georgia Southern University and majored in Business Education.  I later earned my Masters of Education and my Specialist Degrees.

I have two daughters (Lauren and Rachel) that graduated from WCHS.  I have two step grandchildren and 3 grand dogs.  I live on St. Simons Island and enjoying going to the beach as much as I can!

I am looking forward to this school year!

We are ALL in this together and we are going to make it!!

                                   "Presentation is everything!"

  • Business and Technology

    Business and Technology is the second course of the Business and Technology pathway.  This course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to be an asset to the collaborative, global, and innovative business world of today and tomorrow.  Mastery use of spreadsheets and the ability to apply leadership skills to make informed business decisions will be a highlight of this course for students.

    Business Communications

    Business Communications is the third course in the Business and Technology pathway.  In this course, students will explore the value of communication in their personal and professional life. The digital presence and impact of written and visual communication in a technological society will be addressed. At the end of this course, students will be given the End of Pathway Assessment (EOPA) in Microsoft PowerPoint.  Upon mastery of the three courses in the pathway and passing the EOPA, students will be awarded a certificate and a cord to wear at graduation.

    Mrs. Stephen's Google Classroom


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Mrs. Tara Whitteker

Born and raised in Jesup, GA, Tara is a 1988 Wayne County High School graduate!  She is the youngest of the four McGahee children.  Tara and Mike have two dogs, two cats, seven nieces, and four nephews.  Tara is beginning her 24th year in education.  This is her 16th year with WCHS.  She is an FBLA Adviser, the Fair Haven STAND Adviser, and Freshman Class Head Sponsor. 

Tara is also a part of the following organizations:

GBEA (Georgia Business Education Association) – president-elect

  • NBEA (National Business Education Association)
  • GACTE (Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education)
  • Alpha Delta Kappa  (International Educator Sorority) – Gamma Nu Historian, Golden Isles District Mentor

2003    University of Phoenix – M.A.Ed. - Curriculum and Technology

1997    Georgia Southern University - BS - Secondary Business Education

1993    Georgia Southern University - BBA Finance/Banking

1990    Young Harris College - AA - Liberal Arts

1988    Wayne County High School graduate

Currently teaching: Introduction to Business Technology and Legal Environments of Business.

Introduction to Business Technology description:

Introduction to Business & Technology is the foundational course for Business and Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Human Resources Management pathways. This course is designed for high school students as a gateway to the career pathways above and provides an overview of business and technology skills required for today's business environment. Knowledge of business principles, the impact of financial decisions, and technology proficiencies demanded by businesses combine to establish the elements of this course. Emphasis is placed on developing proficient fundamental computer skills required for all career pathways. Students will learn essentials for working in a business environment, managing a business, and owning a business. The intention of this course is to prepare students to be successful both personally and professionally in an information-based society. Students will not only understand the concepts but also apply their knowledge to situations and defend their actions/decisions/choices through the knowledge and skills acquired in this course. Employability skills are integrated into activities, tasks, and projects throughout the course standards to demonstrate the skills required by business and industry. Competencies in the co-curricular student organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), are integral components of both the employability skills standards and content standards for this course.

Legal Environments of Business description:

Legal Environment of Business is the second course in the Entrepreneurship pathway in the Business Management & Administration Cluster. Students enrolled in this course should have successfully completed the first course in the pathway Introduction to Business & Technology.

Students will get an overview of business law while concentrating on the legal aspects of business ownership and management. Legal issues addressed include court procedures, contracts, torts, consumer law, employment law, environmental law, international law, ethics, and the role of the government in business. Students will not only understand the concepts, but will also apply their knowledge to situations and defend their actions, decisions, and choices.

Various forms of technologies will be highlighted to expose students to the emerging technologies affecting the business world. Professional communication skills and practices, problem-solving, ethical and legal issues, and the impact of effective presentation skills are expanded in this course to prepare students to be college and career-ready. Employability skills are integrated into activities, tasks, and projects throughout this course to demonstrate skills required by business and industry. Competencies in the co-curricular student organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), are integral components of both the employability skills and content standards of this course