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Indiana State grad named Business Teacher of the Year

December 18, 2015

Providing a business education to Indiana students has been at the heart of Jen Petersen Schultz’s, ’98, work as a teacher at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis for more than a decade.

Schultz’s hard work on behalf of her students led to her recognition as the 2015 Outstanding Secondary Level Business Teacher of the Year by the Indiana Business Education Association. Nominated by the public, Schultz received the award at the association’s annual conference in Indianapolis in November.

“It’s exciting and humbling to hear say such nice things about what you do to help students,” she said. “So often, people don’t hear anything unless it’s bad, so it was nice to see that my hard work on behalf of the students I teach was noticed.”

The award is one of many accolades Schultz has received for her contributions to the education of Hoosier students. In 2014, she was named Teacher of the Year at Ben Davis, where she has been a teacher in the business department since 2002.

She was named an emerging professional by the North Central Indiana Business Education Association in 2002. Schultz was a recipient of the ISU GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award, the National Business Education Association Award of Merit and the North Central Business Education Association Distinguished Service Award as Emerging Professional of the Year.

Since graduating from Indiana State in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in business education, Schultz has remained an active alumna by serving as a presenter for the Business Education Clinic and working with Networks Financial Institute’s K-12 Financial Literacy Task Force in 2003. She served as president of the Indiana Business Education Association from 2002-04 and was an inaugural member of the Scott College of Business’ Young Professionals Board.

“Every student will work for a business, whether it’s one they own or they work for someone’s business,” Schultz said. “A lot of our high school-level business courses offer skills, like personal finance, that students will need no matter what they choose to do after high school. Business education is especially important in helping make students productive citizens, so I work hard to be enthusiastic, entertaining and energetic and provide them with fun, creative activities that entice kids to learn.”

Writer: Betsy Simon, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or

Photo: - Jen Peterson