Wando Educator Named Entrepreneurship Teacher of the Year
Wando High School teacher Misty Pallotta was recently selected from over 50 South Carolina educators as the Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina (Yescarolina) Teacher of the Year.
Yescarolina is a non-profit organization which equips and trains educators from across the state to use curriculum written by acclaimed business teacher Steve Mariotti who is the founder of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship.
Pallotta attended a YEScarolina Entrepreneurship training course last summer at the College of Charleston and applied this knowledge by teaching entrepreneurship at Wando High School during the 2008-2009 school year. Her students wrote business plans and participated in contests for which they relied on their new knowledge and skills. In June 2009, she also taught a three-week summer entrepreneurship program at RB Stall High School. Program participants learned how to start and operate a business.
Pallotta grew up in Fairmont, West Virginia and comes from a family of entrepreneurs. Her grandfather started an insurance business in the 1940s and her father is the President and CEO of the business today. Pallotta obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Fairmont State College in 2001 and worked in the family business for two years before earning her Masters of Arts in Teaching degree through Marshall University. In addition to teaching business courses at Wando, she is currently the school's Junior Varsity girls’ basketball coach.