Peter Clark, an instructor with Butler Tech, has been named the 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Association of Career and Technical Education (Ohio ACTE) at its annual Connections to Education Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Clark brings years of Wall Street experience to his Butler Tech Financial Services Honors program based at Northwest High School in Colerain Township.
Mr. Clark earned a finance degree at the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary. He spent nearly 15 years as an investment banker, working for major firms in New York, Chicago, St. Louis and Cleveland. In 2004, he discovered his passion for teaching. He now helps students learn important financial skills that will benefit them personally and professionally for years to come.
The Financial Services Honors program developed by Mr. Clark is a college-prep program for high school juniors and seniors who are interested in careers in business and finance. The curriculum covers business law, economics, accounting, real estate, risk management and many other topics. The program gives students multiple pathways to earn free college credit while still in high school.
“Mr. Clark lobbied for college credit and dual credit before it was ‘in,’” said Kristen AbuDakar, Supervisor for Butler Tech programs in the Northwest Local School District. “He has high expectations for every student, pushing them beyond their own expectations.”
Mr. Clark encourages all of his students to become more involved in the community as part of their education. The students work with elementary school children to bring financial literacy to younger grades. Students staff the Knights Credit Union, a joint venture between the Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union and Northwest Local Schools, to help fellow students with banking transactions and financial education. Students are also members of Business Professionals of America (BPA), a career technical student organization that develops leadership skills and gives students the opportunity to participate in competitive events at the local, state and national levels.
Carlos Boyd, one of Mr. Clark’s 2017 graduates, credits him as a role model. Carlos’ senior year included being elected as the Ohio BPA’s state president and the National BPA’s treasurer, as well as being named one of Ohio’s five semi-finalists for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. “Mr. Clark has really changed my perspective of what I can achieve,” said Boyd. “He saw my leadership qualities and made me recognize those within myself so that I can use those qualities to help others.”
“More than anything, Mr. Clark is willing to share his time,” AbuDakar said in his nomination. “Mr. Clark will readily give that time up to help others.”
To learn more about Butler Tech’s Financial Services Honors program at Northwest High School, visit MyFinanceClass.com.