Wade Winner: Kelly Ioane

Congratulations to Kelly Ioane of North Marion High School on being chosen as our latest Wade Award winner! Ms. Ioane was nominated by coworker Wade Murray for this award, which is bestowed on those professionals who are recognized by their peers for consistently showcasing the qualities of a Wade:

  • Exuding passion for what they do
  • Sharing and inspiring their passion in others
  • Making a positive difference every day

In his nomination, Mr. Murray wrote:
“Kelly is the key to making our Business department run smoothly. She routinely goes above and beyond to make kids feel appreciated and succeed. Kelly is not only the best business teacher at the school, she also leads the FBLA club and helps run the prom committee. Kelly goes out of her way to make her classes extraordinary. She tries new technology, engages students in projects, and sets up field trips. Not only is Kelly inspiring to the students, she is extremely understanding. I have seen her many times arrive early and stay late in order to help students succeed.”

We interviewed Ms. Ioane to learn more about her teaching philosophy and personal best practices. Here’s what she had to share:

Q: What made you choose education as your lifework?

A: Well, I actually always said I would never be a teacher! My mom was a teacher and I was determined that I wouldn’t be following in her footsteps. But after four years of college athletics, working summer youth camps and clinics, I knew coaching was my goal. Teaching was the best path to coaching high school basketball and volleyball so I signed up for the MAT program! Now, 15 years later, I don’t coach any sports since having my three children, and I still love teaching!

Q: How do you make your lessons engaging and memorable for students?

A: It’s difficult to make learning to type engaging and memorable! 🙂 As a business teacher in a small school, I get a diverse course list, so that keeps me busy but variety is nice! I really enjoy teaching courses like Business & Personal Law, Economics, and Marketing. Those classes really need to be constantly updated with new, current information and that is always more engaging when the content is current. Marketing is a great class to let them be creative and I am always changing up the project every year. That keeps me and the students interested!

Q: How do you help your students perform at their highest level?

A: I think our FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) chapter is the perfect place for students to test out their business skills and apply what they’ve learned. The regional and state competitions provide speaking, writing, and knowledge test opportunities to help students perform at the highest level.

Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?

A: I love the relationships I’ve made with students. High school students are really the most fun to work with! I really enjoy seeing students after they’ve left and gone on to college and career and hearing what they’re doing in the fields of accounting, marketing, finance, and other business careers.

Q: Are there any additional personal best practices or advice that you’d like to share with our readers?

A: I don’t have any great classroom strategies to share, but I know that teacher/student relationships are extremely important. It’s important to create a classroom culture that is a positive place for both you and the students. This makes it a place everyone wants to be.


We want to thank Ms. Ioane for taking the time to share these helpful insights, and congratulate her once again on her award. Please feel free to share your congratulations in the comments as well!

Also, we welcome your nominations for those colleagues in your organization who are true Wades. Visit our nomination page to submit a candidate today. We look forward to hearing from you!

About the Author
Mark C. Perna Mark C. Perna is a best-selling author and the founder of TFS in Cleveland, Ohio, a full-service strategic consulting firm whose mission is to share and support every client’s passion for making a difference.

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