Presented by: Virginia Council on Economic Education

and Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

The Virginia Economic Educator Awards recognize educators from around Virginia who have demonstrated excellence, creativity and innovation in teaching economics and personal finance.

ACCEPTING 2023 SUBMISSIONS THROUGH AUGUST 31, 2023

Outstanding Economic Educator Award Submission

The Outstanding Economic Educator Awards honors teachers of any subject who use exemplary teaching techniques that improve their student’ understanding of economics, in and out of the classroom.

These awards honor innovative and engaging approaches to teaching entrepreneurship, economics, or personal finance at the K-12 level. Winners are to be honored both by their regional Centers for Economic Education as well as by the Virginia Council on Economic Education.

Lesson, Unit, or Performance-Based Assessment

Additional Guidelines:
– For an example of a winning entry, and how it is formatted, view this lesson.
– Please write in third person, since winning lessons will be published for other teachers to use. Imagine what a published lesson plan should look and sound like.
– Do not write in first person, as if you are reporting how the lesson worked in class.
– If you want to report classroom successes with your lesson, please upload them as a supplementary file below. You can write in first person there.

Congratulations to Our 2021 Winners!

View the 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony

2021 Virginia Outstanding
Economic Educator of the Year

Schenell Agee
Office of Student Learning | Prince William County Public Schools
2021 Virginia Regional Outstanding Economic Educator
Bridget Nelson
Highland High School
Highland County Public Schools
James Madison University Center
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2021 Virginia Regional Outstanding Economic Educator
Dr. Eeman Salem

Falling Creek Middle School
Chesterfield County Public Schools
Virginia Commonwealth University Center

2021 Virginia Regional Outstanding Economic Educator
Jeanne Willis

Liberty High School | Bedford
County Public Schools
University of Lynchburg Center
2021 Virginia Regional Outstanding Economic Educator
Ainsley Cockerille

Eastern View High School
Culpeper County Public Schools
University of Mary Washington Center
2021 Virginia Regional Outstanding Economic Educator
Robin Prescott

Marion Senior High School
Smyth County Public Schools
Virginia Tech & UVA Wise Centers

2021 Virginia Lesson/Unit or Performance Based Assessment
1st Place | Lauren Shifflett
Elkton Elementary School
Rockingham County Public Schools
“Building the Elkton Zoo”
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2021 Virginia Lesson/Unit or Performance Based Assessment
1st Place | Laura Sunder-Rao
Elkton Elementary School
Rockingham County Public Schools
“Building the Elkton Zoo”
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2021 Virginia Lesson/Unit or Performance Based Assessment
2nd Place | Michelle Hunt
Smithland Elementary School
Harrisonburg City Public Schools
“Selling Plants to Help the SPCA”
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2021 Virginia Lesson/Unit or Performance Based Assessment
2nd Place | Maria Billings
Smithland Elementary School
Harrisonburg City Public Schools
“Selling Plants to Help the SPCA”
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2021 Virginia Lesson/Unit or Performance Based Assessment
3rd Place | Kate Hollenberg
Broadway High School,
Rockingham County Public Schools
“Career & Budget Project”
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2021 VCEE Institute Graduate
Christine Pedersen
Middlesex High School
Middlesex County Public Schools
“Blockchain Basics”
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>> View the 2020 Virginia Economic Educator Award Winners here
>> View the 2019 Virginia Economic Educator Award Winners here
>> Click here for past award-winning educators and resources (2012-2018)