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New York Area Teaching Awards


The Council for Economic Education recognizes excellence in economic education by honoring three (3) outstanding educators from the New York Metropolitan area with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Award.

This award promotes economic education at the high school level by recognizing and honoring teachers who effectively deliver this important content in and out of their classrooms and achieve results. We seek applicants who instill in students an understanding of economics and the tools to make informed and responsible decisions that they will carry with them as they grow into successful and productive adults.

Check back to this landing page for the link to apply for the 2022 Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Award, or connect with us on LinkedIn for updates. 

Awardees will receive:

  • A cash award of $5,000.
  • A cash award of $2,500 for their school to support economic education.
  • Complimentary registration to attend CEE’s Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference.
  • Recognition at our Visionary Awards Virtual Benefit.

Materials to submit:

• Answers to all online application questions
• Two lessons
• Two letters of recommendation
• Resume


  • • Applicants must teach in one of the
    • Twelve New York State counties (New York, Kings, Bronx, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Dutchess)
    • Eight New Jersey counties (Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Union, Morris, Monmouth), or the
    • Two Connecticut counties (Fairfield and New Haven)
  • This award is open to high school teachers of all subjects, not just teachers of economics. Applicants must demonstrate how they integrate economics into their teaching
  • Teachers will not have had to participate in previous CEE training to be eligible.
  • All certified teachers in grades 9-12 from public, private or parochial schools may enter, and you must have taught full time in the classroom during the award application school year. Substitute and part-time teachers are not eligible.


  • A cash award of $5,000
  • A cash award of $2,500 for their school to support economic education
  • An all-expense paid trip to our Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference 
  • Recognition at our Visionary Awards 

2021 Awardees

Joshua Frost
Brooklyn Technical High School
Brooklyn, NY

Rachel Goldstein
Innovation Charter High School
New York, NY 

Andrew Menfi
New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math & Science
Bronx, NY


2020 Awardees
Joel Kirkhart, Queens High School for Language Studies, New York, NY Rachel Kessous, Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice, Brooklyn, NY Alhassan Susso, International Community High School, Bronx, NY 

2018 Awardees
David Edelman, Union Square Academy for Health Science High School, New York, NY
Timothy Monahan, Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, NJ
Ellen Schweitzer, Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY

2017 Awardees
Douglas Kramer, Herricks HS, Herricks, NY
Ted Opderbeck, Waldwick HS, Waldwick, NJ
Gabriel Tanglao, Bergenfield HS, Bergenfield, NJ

2016 Awardees
Theresa Fischer, Ridgefield HS, Ridgefield, CT
Jonathan Joseph, White Plains HS, White Plains, NY
Gloria Schneider SAR High School, Riverdale, NY

2015 Awardees
Matthew Gherman, Edward R. Murrow HS, Brooklyn, NY
Deborah Surian, Hauppauge HS, Hauppauge, NY
Noah Lipman, Long Branch HS, Long Branch, NJ

2014 Awardees
Darren Gurney, New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle, NY
Kathleen O’Hagan, P.S. 97/The Highlawn School, Brooklyn, NY
Amanda Tombari, Clarkstown South High School, West Nyack, NY

2013 Awardees
Kathleen Brennan, Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, NJ
Wendy Garcia-Buchanan, Park Avenue Elementary School, Freehold, NJ
Saji James, Concord High School, Staten Island, NY

To meet more of our past winners, please visit our Teaching Awardees page on YouTube.