Steven Doell of Montpelier was recently honored with the Russell J. Hosler Award for business educators.

A Wrightstown High School teacher for 17 years, Doell’s award was announced at the Wisconsin Educators for Business and Information Technology (WeBIT) Convention.

The purpose of the Russell J. Hosler Award is to stimulate, encourage, and reward outstanding contributions to the advancement of business education, according to the announcement from WeBIT.

Doell received a plaque and a gift of $300 from Dr. Mary Margaret Hosler (pictured) in memory of her late husband, Dr. Russell J. Hosler. Both were former professors at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

He has taught a variety of business courses in programming, Business Economics, Keyboarding, Health Career Exploration and Desktop Publishing. Doell also has created challenging courses to keep his department trending: The Android Programming class was created to address the rise of Android smart phones. To fill the need for students interested in the rapidly growing healthcare field, the Health Career Exploration course was written.

Since he became adviser of the school’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter, membership has grown to the second-largest chapter in the state in 2016-17, yielding 16 national competitors this last year and at least one member attending NLC 10 of the past 11 years.

Doell actively promotes FBLA through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. His organization is active in his community with the Senior Citizen/Grandparents Holiday Party, Used Eyeglass Drive, and various fundraisers. Steven also uses social media to list local job openings for high school students. Unique to Wrightstown FBLA, area businesses have the opportunity to purchase sponsorships that help fund the organization.

“He is the type of staff member who knows how to connect with students, meet them where they are at, and take them to levels that are sometimes beyond belief,” said Scott R. Thompson, Wrightstown High School principal.