Onda Is VBEA 2020 Business Teacher of the Year


Michael Onda, a business and information technology teacher at Potomac Falls High School, is this year’s recipient of the Virginia Business Education Association (VBEA) Walter Shell Business Teacher of the Year Award.


VBEA makes this annual award to honor an outstanding business and information technology teacher in Virginia who exemplifies excellence in teaching.


Onda is currently teaching introduction to cybersecurity, personal finance, business management and business law. He is an adviser for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and helps with DECA, an association of marketing students. 


Onda has been a business and information technology teacher since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 with a bachelor's of business administration degree in finance. Upon graduation, he received a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and spent 11 years on active duty as a communications and information systems officer. In this role, Onda was responsible for the planning, installation operations and maintenance of radio networks, switched telephone networks and data networks. He separated from active duty in 1999 and spent 21 years teaching at James Wood High School in Frederick County, Virginia.


Onda is called upon frequently to present at division workshops and at VBEA summer conferences. He shares all the resources he collects and creates with teachers and students around the state. Onda’s dedication to students has no boundaries. He even crafted lessons for his students while on active duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Onda also coached cross country for 19 years, 16 years as the head coach.





Published December 28, 2020