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Former Alexandria teacher honored with DECA’s Honorary Life Member Award

Contributed Earle Brown (center) was recently presented the 2014 Honorary Life Member Award at the state DECA conference. He is pictured with the current Jefferson High School DECA advisor and marketing teacher, Eric Hartmann, and Jefferson High School business department chair, Wendy Watts. (Contributed)

The Minnesota State Board of Directors of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), an association of marketing students, honored former Jefferson High School teacher and DECA advisor Earle Brown with the 2014 Honorary Life Member Award at the recent state conference held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis. 

The Honorary Life Member Award is the highest award bestowed upon any individual involved with DECA. It recognizes continuous meritorious and personal service toward DECA.

Individuals receiving this award have contributed time, effort and guidance to the DECA organization to aid in its growth and development.

Brown has been a marketing education teacher/coordinator for 29 years and a DECA advisor for 23 years in the Duluth, Lakeville and Alexandria school districts.

He has coached four DECA state officers, and has run a national presidential campaign in Anaheim, California.

Brown has had numerous district and state winners throughout his career, qualifying students for competition at the international level 12 times, where his students have competed in nine different states.

He had students make it to the finals seven years at the national level and had an international team event winner in Orlando, Florida in 1997.

Besides his 29 years teaching marketing education and 23 years advising DECA, Brown has been an elementary, middle school and assistant varsity basketball coach, yearbook advisor, junior class advisor, and student council advisor. He also served on various committees in every school district he served.

Brown is currently on personal leave and will be retiring in 2015.