Warren Woods Tower High School marketing teacher Amy Ghattas and her marketing students oversee the school store, Campus Corner.

Warren Woods Tower High School marketing teacher Amy Ghattas and her marketing students oversee the school store, Campus Corner.

Photo provided by Amy Ghattas


WWTHS teacher receives New Marketing Teacher of the Year award

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published November 15, 2019

 The Michigan Marketing Educators Association recognized Warren Woods Tower High School marketing teacher Amy Ghattas, right, with this year’s Dr. Jack T. Humbert Outstanding New Marketing Professional Award. Presenting the award to her is former MME President Tanya Clark.

The Michigan Marketing Educators Association recognized Warren Woods Tower High School marketing teacher Amy Ghattas, right, with this year’s Dr. Jack T. Humbert Outstanding New Marketing Professional Award. Presenting the award to her is former MME President Tanya Clark.

Photo provided by Stacey Denewith-Fici

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WARREN — Amy Ghattas’ enthusiasm for teaching at Warren Woods Tower High School is infectious.

The Michigan Marketing Educators Association recognized the marketing teacher with this year’s Dr. Jack T. Humbert Outstanding New Marketing Professional Award at its annual conference Oct. 24-25 in East Lansing.

“I was very honored and excited,” Ghattas said.

The Michigan Marketing Educators Association, or MME, is an organization designed to unite people interested in marketing education. Through MME, local marketing educators are given a chance to take leadership roles in marketing, management, entrepreneurship and marketing education on the national, state and local levels.

The Dr. Jack T. Humbert Outstanding New Marketing Professional Award annually recognizes an educator who has managed an exceptional marketing education program during the start of his or her career.

Ghattas found out she was nominated last spring. From there, she put together a dossier, which was part of the nomination process. The various documents included letters she had written on behalf of her program, and letters of recommendation from former students, mentors and school Principal Michael Mackenzie.

At WWTHS, Ghattas teaches marketing, accounting and intro to business. One of the marketing classes includes a retail manager component to it in which students work at the school store known as the Campus Corner.

The Campus Corner is open every day during school lunch, selling everything from school sweatshirts to snacks to water to coffee. The Campus Corner students learn how to conduct inventory, mark-ups, marketing aspects, how to price merchandise, wait on customers and more.   

“My main goal is to give them an idea of what a business store is and how it applies to every day in their lives,” said Ghattas, who began teaching at WWTHS in March of 2017. “We talk about Nike. We talk about Kanye West’s transition into gospel music. Because they see it, they can relate to it. It’s a great hands-on experience.”

Something Ghattas likes to do with her students is to take them on field trips to downtown Detroit to see business in action. Little Caesars Arena and Quicken Loans are among the spots they have visited.

“For them to see the rebirth of the city, this is business,” Ghattas said. “I like working with the younger generation.”

Ghattas also has resurrected the high school’s Distributive Education Clubs of America, or DECA, starting the first chapter at WWTHS in several years. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Those who know Ghattas have gained from her hard work and dedication. In the MME press release, former student Gwendolyn Yang attested to Ghattas’ determination, which ensures that “no one is left behind.”

“Mrs. Ghattas has transformed our marketing program since her arrival in Warren Woods in March of 2017,” WWPS Superintendent Stacey Denewith-Fici said in an email. “The program has grown in student participation, and they are enjoying utilizing their new skills (and) re-energizing the Campus Corner.”

DECA, based in Virginia, is an international organization designed to improve educational and career opportunities in marketing, management and entrepreneurship for students. The students compete in regional, state and national competitions. Last year, WWTHS students competed at the national level in Orlando, Florida.

Ghattas became hooked on business while in college.

“I did my undergrad at Central Michigan,” she said. “I took a sales class that I just loved. It’s so contagious when you truly like something and enjoy it.”

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