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FHS teacher named ‘outstanding’

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published October 21, 2015

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WARREN — The hard work and dedication of Fitzgerald High School teacher Ken Krause has been noticed by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

The organization named Krause its 2015 MICPA Outstanding High School Teacher.

Krause, who teaches several classes — including accounting I and II, business law, marketing I and II, financial literacy, and U.S. history — was recognized at the Oct. 8 Fitzgerald Public Schools Board of Education meeting.

FPS Superintendent Barbara VanSweden said the educator received his award Sept. 30 during a banquet that the MICPA sponsored at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield.

“This is a very high honor and given only to one high school teacher in the state,” VanSweden said. “Ken received the award because of his active involvement with the organization, for building awareness of the accounting profession among Fitzgerald students, and for giving back to his profession.”

Krause is in touch with the MICPA on a regular basis and has been on the board in the past. He was notified in June that he would receive the award.

“I was pretty surprised,” Krause said. “I don’t think I had done anything out of the ordinary.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree in business management  and working in a few different fields, Krause decided on a teaching career. He returned to school to become certified as an educator and came to FHS in 1992.

“I really have enjoyed most of my teaching career,” Krause said. “What’s interesting — we’re finding a lot more girls that are taking accounting. For many years, accounting was a male occupation. The females are finding this is a pretty interesting alternative to get into.”

Something Krause has done for the past 10 years is take students to the Michigan High School Leadership Conference, which is usually held in the spring at Wayne State University in Detroit.

“It’s to expose high school students to the world of accounting,” Krause said. “There are speakers and a meet-and-greet.”

While there, the students learn more about the qualifications of becoming a certified public accountant. They get to ask questions of the guest speakers, including what kind of education is required to become a CPA.

The conference also opens students’ eyes to all of the different professions that need CPAs, including law enforcement, the medical industry, nonprofit organizations, auto companies, the FBI and sports organizations, including the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Red Wings.

The MICPA members and Krause’s students partner up once a year for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Detroit. The FHS students decorate ribbons — some in memory of a loved one — for the annual breast cancer fundraiser.

The MICPA presented several awards in different categories at last month’s banquet. The MICPA has more than 17,500 members who are dedicated to promoting and enhancing the value of the CPA profession. The members represent Michigan CPAs working in business, education, government and public accounting.

According to the MICPA website, www.micpa.org, current Michigan law requires that CPA candidates complete 150 semester hours of college education, including a bachelor’s degree or higher with a concentration in accounting, from an accredited institution.

The MICPA, which formed in 1901, provides more than 300 professional education programs each year to keep members on the leading edge of the field.

The nonprofit works to have strong relationships with legislators to advocate for CPAs and the public interest, and also facilitates a comprehensive quality review program for auditors.

For more information on the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, visit www.micpa.org.

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