The Virginia Council on Economic Education is pleased to announce the 2023 winners of the Economic Educator Awards:

2023 Virginia Outstanding Economic Educator of the Year:

  • George Mason University Center: Bill Betthauser, –Bishop O’Connell High School | Diocese of Arlington

2023 Regional Awards:

  • Christopher Newport University Center: Alice Stocks – Granby High School, Norfolk Public Schools
  • James Madison University Center: Michelle Hunt – Smithland Elementary, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
  • University of Mary Washington Center: Neeta Tewari – Culpeper County High School, Culpeper County Public Schools
  • University of Lynchburg Center: Darla McGuire – Altavista Combined School, Campbell County Public Schools
  • University of Virginia at Wise Center: Betty Davis – Honaker High School, Russell County Public Schools
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Center: Emily Hardesty – Appomattox Regional Governor’s School
  • Virginia Tech Center: Heather Taylor – Carroll County High School, Carroll County VA Public Schools

2023 Outstanding Lesson, Unit, or Performance-Based Assessment

  • 1st Place: Lauren Markel – Central Office, Rockingham County Public Schools – VA |
    Lesson: “Stick With It”
  • 2nd Place: Ryne Powell – Spotswood High School, Rockingham County Public Schools | Lesson: “The Economics of Legos”
  • 3rd Place: Brittany Coverstone – Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Rockingham County Public Schools | Lesson: “Mali Game: Economic Decision Making”

2023 Outstanding Lesson by an Institute Graduate

  • Cara Walton – Harrisonburg City Public School, Harrisonburg County Public Schools | Lesson: “The Race to Civilization”

Congratulations to all of our winners!

The Virginia Economic Educator Awards recognize educators from around Virginia who have demonstrated excellence, creativity and innovation in teaching economics and personal finance. These awards honor innovative and engaging approaches to teaching economics, personal finance or entrepreneurship at the K-12 level.

The recipients of the awards were celebrated during the Economic Educator Awards ceremony, an annual event organized by VCEE and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, with sponsorship from Virginia Credit Union and Virginia Housing.

For more information about the Economic Educator Awards, please visit