Junior Achievement of Arizona Expands JA Inspire Team
By Lindsay Hansen -
Wednesday Feb 09, 2022
Junior Achievement of Arizona is pleased to announce Jennie Clausen is the new JA Inspire Program Director and Aden Ramirez is the JA Inspire Program Manager.
“We’re thrilled to have both on board,” said Katherine Cecala, CEO, Junior Achievement of Arizona. “They have an in-depth understanding of the current classroom climate and educational models. Both also have deep connections to teachers and schools throughout the Phoenix Metro area. We know they will be an asset to our team!”
Jennie brings over 10 years of experience as a K-12 classroom teacher and post-secondary education. For the past two years, she has been consulting with teachers who are trying to solve problems and improve areas of struggle. Jennie will be responsible for onboarding new schools, classes and districts to the JA Inspire platform, assisting with booth creation and design for new business sponsors, working closely with K-12 and Development teams to consistently improve the student’s experience and more.
She holds her Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Language and Literacy from Arizona State University.
Aden has over six years of experience in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). He managed one of the largest HOSA State Associations during a transitional time while providing new resources for teachers. He will be responsible for onboarding new schools and partners to the JA Inspire program. He has completed a certificate in Nonprofit Management and started a Masters of Nonprofit Leadership and Management degree program at Arizona State University.
JA Inspire, is a virtual career exploration fair that is the only one of its kind in Arizona. The program connects students to some of Arizona’s top industries and businesses, pairing based on a pre-event career assessment and prep lessons. At the event, students will learn all about their career, and the post-event wrap-up includes reflection on what they learned. The organization also offers a variety of free resources to keep students of all ages learning all year long.
About Junior Achievement of Arizona
Junior Achievement of Arizona (JA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that equips Arizona students to succeed in work and life by giving them the knowledge and skills they need to manage their money, plan for their future, and make smart academic, career and economic choices. Since 1957, JA has taught kids, kindergarten through high school, about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. The organization’s hands-on, age-appropriate programs are delivered by more than 8,000 corporate and community volunteers. Despite educational obstacles during the pandemic, JA reached more than 65,000 students in the 2020-2021 school year. Follow @JAArizona on social media or visit jaaz.org/resources for more free online educational tools.