View the slideshow from the 2019 Virginia Economic Educator Awards here.

Virginia’s Outstanding Economic Educator of 2019

Andrea Nolley / Smithland Elementary School, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
JMU Center for Economic Education


Stacey Alderman / Carroll County High School, Carroll County Public Schools
UVA-Wise and VT Centers for Economic Education

Joseph Clement / Chantilly High School, Fairfax County Public Schools
GMU Center for Economic Education

Meredith M. Correia / Larchmont Elementary School, Norfolk City Public Schools
ODU Center for Economic Education

Jennifer Ferris / Jefferson Forest High School, Bedford County Public Schools,
University of Lynchburg Center for Economic Education

Takisha Ogunyemi / Prince George High School, Prince George Public Schools
VCU Center for Economic Education

Heidi Robison / King George High School, King George Public Schools
UMW Center for Economic Education

Outstanding economics or personal finance lesson, unit or performance-based assessment winners (2019)

First Place Lesson:  Shifflett Superville: Soaring Together

Lauren Shifflett / Elkton Elementary School, Rockingham County Public Schools
JMU Center for Economic Education

Students become citizens of a superhero-themed society, helping to plan and build a city, while learning to budget and collaborate as a body of consumers as producers. For grades 1 – 3.

Second Place Lesson:  You “Otter Pic” These Entrepreneurs!

Dawn Flora and Ann Komara Minnick / Ottobine Elementary, Rockingham County Public Schools. JMU Center for Economic Education
First- and fifth-grade classrooms collaborate to create a real-money business. The students learn math and economic concepts as they do jobs and make spending and saving decisions together. 

Third Place Lesson:  Middle School Shark Tank: An Entrepreneurial Simulation

Sam Agami and Lindsay Thompson / Princess Anne Middle School, Virginia Beach Public Schools
ODU Center for Economic Education
Students come up with a business idea in which they conduct market research, create a marketing plan, study the competition, evaluate risks, and ultimately make a pitch to local businesspeople acting as potential investors.

VCEE Institute Graduate Lesson:  The Game of Life: A Personal Finance Simulation

Jordan Whiley / Bear Creek Academy, Cumberland/Independent School
In The Game of Life, students progress through their professional career after high school or college, including all the many events associated with becoming a “responsible adult” – buying a home, getting married, supporting a family, and planning for their eventual retirement. Throughout each stage of the game, there is an ongoing theme related to the long-term impact of choices.

economics and personal finance Mini-Grant WINNER (2019)

Lesson:  Pizza Shop

Logan Stana / Plains Elementary School, Rockingham County Public Schools
VCU Center for Economic Education
The Mini-Grant allowed for the purchase of two Osmo bases with reflectors and two Pizza Co. game sets. In the game, students run a fictional pizza shop, earn profits, and invest their profits to upgrade their shops. It also involves several real-world math simulations that create interdisciplinary opportunities for economics, entrepreneurship, and math.

The Virginia Housing Development Authority and Virginia Credit Union  each provide funding for the Virginia Economic Educator Awards which are presented annually by the Virginia Council on Economic Education and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

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