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Mrs. Poelstra
Career Experience Coordinator/Teacher



Personal Information:
Room: 302
Email:Shirley.Poelstra@mpls.k12.mn.us
Phone: (612) 668-1336 

 "If you help enough people get what they want, you will get what you want out of life." Zig Ziglar


My Bio:
I received my Bachelors degree at South Dakota State University in Business Economics and my Masters at the University of Minnesota in Marketing Education.  I have been teaching and managing programs full time at Thomas Edison High School since 1999.  Prior to Thomas Edison, I worked as a sales representative for ten years and for the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce for six years implementing and managing the Voyager:  Direction for Learning and Careers Leadership model.


Below are the programs and classes that I teach: 

(1) Voyager:  Direction for Learning & Careers Program:  two-year leadership program that prepares today’s students to be tomorrow’s skilled workers by combining high school and post-secondary instruction with career-oriented, on-the-job experience.  Students have the opportunity to attend site visits at local businesses, hear from guest instructors, and network at business luncheons with the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce members (95% of Voyager students graduate from Edison and attend post-secondary options)

 (2) Junior IB Business: provide students an overview of business managment, human resources, marketing and entrepreneurship

 (3) Career and Worksite Seminar: daily classes exploring careers and preparing for employment

(4) Target Email Mentor Program:  exchange of weekly emails from junior & senior students and Target employees  

(5) Junior Achievement Company Program: a weekly program that has partnered with LarsonAllen and BMO Bank to prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to create a company, produce a product, market/sell the product and write an Annual Report. Five officers are selected to compete in the Regional Competition in April. Students meet weekly after school from Oct.-May. Check out the video made with our Stress Less students and photos and successes on the right side of the page.  https://youtu.be/UvTJ-stWXD0

Paid Internship Programs:  Step-Up, Reve Academy and Spark-Y 

 Links below are the syllabi and other materials for the classes and organizations that I operate. Click the document to download.