The Prentice School’s Board Member Jan Steiner Receives the Prestigious 2017 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award

NORTH TUSTIN, Calif., Dec. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Prentice School, a private, nonprofit, and nonpublic (NPS) academic school, which offers unparalleled learning experiences to bright students with learning differences, announced today that Janet Steiner was one of the 27 finalists selected to receive the 2017 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award. This award represents the best of the Inland Empire entrepreneurs who have demonstrated risk taking, creativity, innovation, determination and hard work to build successful business ventures.

Janet Steiner

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Dr. Mike Stull, Founder and Producer of the award says, “This is the Oscars of business. I believe strongly that entrepreneurs are true game changers – they take risks, launch innovative ventures, create new jobs and often dramatically transform the way we live and work. We put them center stage to recognize their successes and accomplishments.”

Janet Steiner is the CEO of Thoro Packaging, located in Corona, California, and is a third generation family owned business that was founded in 1967 by her father Macy Dabek. “Thoro Packaging has become an industry leading packaging solutions company for medical, pharmaceutical, health and beauty, and specialty product markets,” says Steiner. “As an entrepreneur, I also want the students at The Prentice School to understand that in the future, they can achieve anything they want in life despite having a learning difference.”

Alicia Maciel, Executive Director at The Prentice School understands the role entrepreneurship plays in the communities and business being that she was also an entrepreneur and is a well-respected Harvard Business School graduate. “Janet’s award says so much about her creativity and innovation, which has helped Thoro Packaging thrive for many decades. I’m very thankful that she has chosen to be part of the Prentice community as a board member through which she can set an example to our creative and bright students that success is attainable if you believe in yourself and dream big,” says Maciel. “Mentorship, education and community support are an important aspect of helping people succeed.”

“This award is such an honor to receive. Having won in the Family Business category, I want to thank my dad for starting this business. I am dyslexic and was a slow learner in school. In high school, I applied to an extra-curricular program aimed at preparing youth for a successful business future. I was told that it would be too challenging for me and was denied enrollment. This is a key reason why I support The Prentice School; to help children with their self-confidence. With confidence and determination much can be achieved,” said Steiner.

For over 30 years, The Prentice School has transformed the lives of over 5,000 students with learning differences such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ADHD, anxiety, and visual processing and executive function disorders.

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Founded in 1986, The Prentice School is a private, nonprofit academic school located in North Tustin, California and is a Certified Nonpublic School through the California Department of Education and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Prentice approach is designed to engage students on three learning pathways, including auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Using evidence-based curriculum and instructional methodologies, a structured literacy approach, multi-sensory instructional strategies, and ongoing progress monitoring, The Prentice School offers an unparalleled learning experience to students with learning differences who possess average to high intelligence, whose needs have not been met in a more traditional classroom setting.

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Source:The Prentice School