Teachers honored for economics instruction, programs

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A couple of local teachers have been honored for their delivery of personal finance and economic education in their K-12 classrooms.

The Virginia Council on Economic Education and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond selected 16 educators from across the Commonwealth.

“Established in 1988, this is the 30th anniversary of VCEE's annual Virginia Economic Educator awards,” said Dan Mortensen, the executive director of the Virginia Council on Economic Education. “By educating Virginia's students in economics and personal finance, Virginia educators help prepare financially responsible adults and a more qualified workforce. Ultimately, this commitment to financial and economic literacy helps young Virginians thrive and leads to a stronger, more vibrant economy.”

According to a release, Mark Jones, a teacher in Chesapeake, was the 2018 Virginia Outstanding Economic Educator of the Year.

VCEE also has a statewide network of university-based Centers for Economic Education serving schools in their districts,

Each district has an Outstanding Economic Educators: Dianna Alger in Page County, Dina J. Baber in Dillwyn, Robin Dotson in Wise County, Malinda Hogan in Spotsylvania County, Patrick D. Riley in Lynchburg, Patricia Winch in Fairfax County and Chad Wright in Grayson County.

There were also four educators recognized for developing their own K-12 economics curriculum: Gary Greenwood at Fluvanna County High School, Bethany Everidge at Harrisonburg High School, Lisa Taylor at Leesville Road Elementary School, and Christine Pedersen at New Kent High School.

Four more educators received Mini-Grant Awards for their implementation of ideas in the classroom: Amanda S. Grimm at Alleghany High School, James Meadows at Gretna High School, and Tammy May and Tara Hardy at Lacey Spring and John C. Myers elementary schools.

In Virginia, personal finance and economics are included n the Standards of Learning. High school students also take a nationally-recognized year-long course.

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