Each year we honor a number of professionals in economics and personal finance education.
The John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Awards
The John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Awards recognizes excellence in the teaching of economics and financial literacy. The awards honor teachers whose innovative teaching concepts improve and stimulate economic understanding.
Elementary School Level
Sheila Humphrey, Woods Elementary School
Fort Smith, AR
Sheila Humphrey has been an elementary educator for the past 25 years, and she will be the first to tell you—1st grade students CAN learn economics! Mrs. Humphrey’s students are actively engaged in hands-on learning opportunities and simulations throughout the day. Sheila currently teaches 1st grade at Woods Elementary in Fort Smith, Arkansas and has served as a Master Economics Teachers (MET) for Economics Arkansas since 2006. As a Master Economics Teacher, she conducts workshop sessions across the state and consistently receives high praise from teachers in her sessions for sharing integration ideas they too can replicate. Sheila has been recognized statewide for her economic projects including titles such as No Bees, No Honey, No Work, No Money!, and Economics is a ‘Natural’ for Baseball. Sheila is a passionate economic educator who continues to “turn on the light bulbs” of her students, as she wants them to understand they hold the keys to their own future success.
Middle School Level
Shanan Riegel, Yorktown Elementary School
Shanan Riegle is a 1999 graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has been teaching at Yorktown Elementary School for the past 12 years. Shanan, a fifth-grade social studies and writing teacher, is very passionate about making sure her students understand the importance of economics. Over the years, she has implemented many school-wide economics projects and has mastered the classroom mini-economy. In 2012, she was the Indiana regional winner of the Olin Davis Exemplary Teacher of Economics Award, which is presented each year to K–12 teachers who have excelled in teaching and promoting the teaching of economics. Shanan is a member of the Ball State University Center for Economic Education’s Advisory Board and is involved in teaching economic workshops for the center.
When not teaching her students financial literacy, she is found running a school wide book club and helping with many other after-school activities for students. Shanan has become a leader in the school-wide 1:1 initiative and has also presented at technology leadership conferences like FETC (Florida Educators Technology Conference).
She lives in Yorktown, Indiana with her husband Adam and her two children, Aiden and Ava.
High School Level
Martha Rush, Mounds View High School
Martha Rush has been teaching at Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, MN, for 17 years. She has taught almost everything in the social studies curriculum but now her schedule includes AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Psychology and Journalism. Martha is adviser to both the Econ Club and the school newspaper, the Viewer. She taught a course “Experimental Economics” at the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth, and starting this year she is one of the co-teachers in the Minnesota Council’s “Preparing to Teach High School Economics” class.
Martha is a graduate of the University of Michigan (1985) and has her M.A. in History from the University of Minnesota (2001). Her first career was in journalism as a reporter for the Wichita Eagle for five years. Married to a high school econ teacher, Martha has two sons.
National Association of Economic Educators Awards
The Bessie B. Moore Service Award
The Bessie B. Moore Service Award recognizes an individual whose outstanding and dedicated service has had a significant impact on the delivery and enhancement of economic education.
Barbara Flowers is the 2013 recipient of the Bessie B. Moore Service Award. Barb has been an invaluable asset to economic and financial education, not only in the St. Louis Federal Reserve region, but also nationally in her 23-year career. Barb Flowers has put her writing skills and creativity to work to benefit all of us in the network. Her outstanding classroom tools include lessons for all grade levels in classrooms and online. Her curriculum writing, teaching, and NAEE committee service have contributed to some of the most popular and effective publications, such as Economics and Children’s Literature, Focus Economics K–2, and Shaping Up Your Financial Future.
Barbara Flowers has obtained grants and partnered with organizations all over St. Louis and the State of Missouri for economic and financial education, for entrepreneurship education, after school programs, Mini-Society camps and workforce development programs.
At the St. Louis Fed, Barb has developed children’s literature lessons with interactive whiteboard applications, Jack of All Trades, the superhero of some online courses and Barbie in the Labor Force on changes in women’s labor force participation.
The Henry Villard Research Award
The Henry Villard Research Award recognizes an individual whose leadership has had an extraordinary, positive impact in economic education research.
John Swinton is the 2013 recipient of the Henry H. Villard Research Award. John has been a center director in Georgia for 10 years, and chair of the Georgia Council Research Committee for 8 years. His contribution to economic education research identifies how teacher training increases student learning in economics. John has been able to document the impact of a single economics workshop for teachers, a series of workshops, and even of a particular workshop on Georgia’s required End-of-Course Tests taken by students. John’s results have direct importance for all of us.
John has been one of the most active members of the NAEE Research Committee from his start and an effective chair of the NAEE research committee for the past 4 years. John kept the reputation and profile of NAEE research sessions high at the national conferences. End-of-course tests in Georgia combined with high-quality teacher training would be a success story known to few without John’s careful research design. His work has been described as ‘seminal’, a contribution worthy of the 2013 Henry H. Villard Research Award.
The John C. Schramm Leadership Award
The John C. Schramm Leadership Award is designed to recognize individuals who are, or have been, affiliated with the CEE/NAEE network, and whose leadership has had an extraordinary, positive impact at both the state and national levels.
Dr. Claudia Parliament
Professor Parliament has been the Director of the Minnesota council on Economic Education (MCEE) since 1992. With Dr. Parliament at the helm, the broad agenda of MCEE has come alive and it has become a trusted and sought-after resource for courses, workshops, curriculum offerings and evaluation techniques among Minnesota K–12 teachers aiming at enhancing their effectiveness in teaching economics. The impact of Dr. Parliament’s leadership is felt nationally as other state councils have adopted and modeled programs initially developed in Minnesota. In addition, she has a keen interest in global perspectives, so the sphere of Dr. Parliament’s leadership exceeds state and national boundaries. Over the past eighteen years, she has been involved in teacher and student learning functions in former Soviet Union countries and more recently in post-apartheid South Africa. For years, she has hosted international education officials in cooperation with the CEE, including delegations from Egypt, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine. She has served as the faculty leader of CEE’s “Train the Trainers” and “Train the Teachers” courses and workshops for educators from South Africa, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, and other countries. Dr. Parliament has dedicated the past 20 years of her career in higher education to economic education at all levels. She has been relentless in educating the Minnesota State Legislature on the importance of economic education in primary and secondary schools, while highlighting the fact that most teachers are under-prepared to effectively teach economics. Dr. Claudia Parliament has made extraordinary contributions to program development and delivery of economic education on local, national, and international levels!
The Patricia K. Elder International Award
The Patricia K. Elder International Award recognizes an individual whose outstanding and dedicated service and leadership has had a significant impact on the delivery or enhancement of economic education throughout the world.
Dr. John Brock
Dr. John Brock is the Director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Dr. Brock has received outstanding teaching awards from students at both the U.S. Air Force Academy and at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He embraces activity-based learning as a means of teaching economics to educators, which is one of the reasons he is so effective with any audience, domestic, or international. Dr. Brock has hosted eleven different study tours between 2001 and 2011. Between 2002 and 2010, Dr. Brock conducted seven introductory workshops in six different countries. He has also taught thirteen Training of Trainers modules in South Africa, Paraguay and Indonesia (2005–2011). In addition, Brock served as faculty leader for study tours in Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania and South Africa with Colorado teachers as well as with Council and Center Directors. Brock and several others have created the Global Economic Education Alliance (GEEA) as a vehicle for continuing the international economic education work to which he is so devoted. Dr. John Brock is a tremendous asset to NAEE, to CEE, to the Colorado Council, and to economic educators everywhere.
The Abbejean Kehler Technology Award
This award recognizes an individual instrumental in promoting the use of technology to improve the delivery of programs in economic education.
Dr. Rita Littrell
Dr. Rita Littrell is the Director of the Bessie B. Moore Center for Economic Education at the University of Arkansas. Over the past few years, Dr. Littrell has encouraged educators in her network to embrace advances in technology, including smart phones, webinars, and podcasts. The Bessie B. Moore Center for Economic Education’s website offers a portfolio of exceptional online resources for teachers! Dr. Littrell has served on NAEE’s technology committee, coordinated technology sessions at the Council for Economic Education’s annual conference, participated in the first Training-of-Trainers for Virtual Economics, and promotes CEE’s excellent technology products in all teacher training programs. Due to Dr. Littrell’s leadership in the use of technology, more educators have participated in economic education trainings, have easier access to economics training and resources, and have learned strategies for incorporating technology into their lessons. One teacher stated, “because of Dr. Littrell’s love of education, love of economics, love of learning, and love of technology, I have been blessed with a mentor who helped me go from being a ‘good’ educator to being an ‘excellent’ educator. “
The Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award is to recognize an individual who has been a member of the economic education network for seven years or less. The purpose of the award is to identify someone who has “hit the ground running” and made extraordinary contributions to economic education programs or services early in his or her career in economic education. The Rising Star Award encourages, recognizes, and acclaims one who has met the challenges of providing economic education service early on and who demonstrates the dedication and potential to be a strong leader in the future.
Dr. Timothy Scales
Dr. Timothy Scales is the Director of the Center for Economic Education at Indiana University East. He also directs the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University and serves as a Senior Lecturer in the University’s School of Business and Economics. During his tenure, Scales has published numerous articles and books on international economics and the economics of entrepreneurship. He has developed curricula to teach economics and entrepreneurship in Mexico, South Africa, and India.
Scales has quickly developed a very strong reputation as an instructor. In 2010, he won the “Teaching Excellence Award” from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. He is on the cutting edge of instructional technology, using social media and videos to teach entrepreneurship and economics. Scales is the executive producer of a Podcast titled, “Whose Idea Was It” aired over the internet utilizing school children to research innovation in Economics. As one Scales supporter stated, “Professor Scales has demonstrated through his writing, his speaking, his curriculum development, and his ability to develop that he is a rising star in economic education.”
The Albert Beekhuis Award
The Albert Beekhuis Award, made possible by a gift from the Albert Beekhuis Foundation to the Council for Economic Education, recognizes an affiliated Center for Economic Education for outstanding performance in working with teachers and exhibiting excellence in practice, delivery of high quality programs, and outreach to its community.
Dr. Gary Stone
Director, The Winthrop University Center for Economic Education
The Winthrop University Center for Economic Education was established in 1975, the same year the South Carolina Council on Economic Education was created. Housed in the College of Business Administration, the Winthrop Center’s director since its inception has been Dr. Gary Stone. The activities of the Center are consistent with the missions of Winthrop University, SC Economics, and the Council for Economic Education. Some of these activities include: conducting a wide variety of K-12 teacher training workshops at the local, state, regional, and national levels; conducting graduate courses in economic education for K–12 teachers; participation in the Economics International program in eight countries (Ukraine, Slovakia, Russia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, and Egypt); and conducting economic education and financial literacy programs for K–12 students.
Dr. Stone, who has been leading the Center for 38 years, has participated and led multiple delegations overseas for the United States Agency for International Development, which provided training on market economics to teachers across the spectrum of public schools. Stone also worked on the committee to revise the State Department of Education’s social studies standards to include economics. In addition, he has been the chair of the NAEE Conference Committee for three national CEE/NAEE conferences; member of several NAEE committees; member of the Board of Directors of SC Economics; development of curriculum materials, including the 4th edition of CEE’s AP Microeconomics books for teachers and students; reader/table leader of the Advanced Placement Microeconomics exam for 23 years; trainer of AP teachers in Institutes offered by the College Board; presenter and session chair at numerous CEE/NAEE conferences; and member of the NCEE Center Affiliation Review Committee.
The Adam Smith Award
The Adam Smith Award was created in 1997 by the Council on Economic Education to highlight benchmark accomplishments of individuals who have championed the cause of effective education in economic principles as part of the national education reform movement.
Dr. R.J. “Jim” Charkins
Executive Director, California Council on Economic Education
As a professor of economics at California State University, San Bernardino, Dr. Charkins is dedicated to economic education and has been the economics editor of the Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition Teacher’s Guide for nine years. Dr. Charkins served on the ten member writing team for Kindergarten through 12th Grade national economics standards and as economics consultant to the California Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards. He also served on the Review Committee for the National Standards for Business Education.
Dr. Charkins received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1970; has won multiple awards including 2012 Hilda Taba Award and the 2011 Bessie Moore Service Award; and has authored Choices and Changes, MoneyWiseTeen, Living the American Dream, and the Teacher Guide to the California Economics Standard.
In addition to serving on the CCEE board, Dr. Charkins also serves on the boards for CASET, (California Association of School Economics Teachers), The California Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, the Los Angeles chapter of NABE (National Association of Business Economics), the San Bernardino City Unified School District Superintendent’s Century Club, and on the advisory board for the Visa Financial Education Program.
The William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award
The William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award, with a monetary gift of $1,000, made possible by a gift from Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation to the Council for Economic Education, recognizes an individual who have advanced public awareness of the importance of economic and financial education.
Calvin K. Kazanjian was a believer in supporting economics literacy programs. The William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award named for William Forbes, an entrepreneur who helped catapult Mr. Kazanjian’s small confectionery company—Peter Paul Almond Joy—into an industry leader.
Brian Page, Reading High School
Brian Page is a personal finance, business and economics teacher with Reading Community City Schools. He was the 2011 Ohio Department of Education Milken National Educator recipient, a July 2012 CNN Money magazine Money Hero, and 2011 recipient of the EIFLE award for creating the “National Instructional Game of the Year, Tabletop”. He serves on various advisory boards across the country, including with the Council of Economic Education, and holds a BBA and MEd. Brian is the Chair Elect of the CEE Teacher’s Advisory Committee.