Teaching Awards

Recognizing Outstanding Educators | 2021

Do you have a passion for economics education? Do you have a unique or exemplary approach to teaching economics? Or do you know someone who does? The Minnesota Council on Economic Education’s (MCEE) teaching award program is a unique opportunity to be recognized for your hard work and dedication to economics education.

Each year MCEE honors Minnesota educators who effectively teach economic and personal finance principles using innovative, culturally responsive, and creative teaching practices. The awards honor teachers who incorporate exemplary teaching techniques that improve the economic understanding of their students, both in and out of the classroom. Teaching award honorees are recognized in one of the following categories and each honoree receives $500 and a plaque certifying the award:

  • MCEE Educator of the Year Grade K-5

  • MCEE Educator of the Year Grade 6-8

  • MCEE Educator of the Year Grade 9-12

Eligibility:

  • Ability to demonstrate experience effectively teaching economic and personal finance principles using innovative, culturally responsive, and creative teaching practices in a K-12 setting

  • MN licensed K-12 classroom teacher in a public, private or parochial school during the 2020-2021 school year

Nominations for 2021 awards will be accepted through June 18, 2021.

Applications for 2021 awards will be accepted through September 15, 2021.

2021 MCEE Educator of the Year Teaching Award Honorees

Press Release - Coming Soon!

Chris Hoffman | Gr. K-5 | Schoolcraft Learning Community

Chris Hoffman was born and raised in Bemidji, MN. After graduating college with a B.S. in elementary education and a M.S. in special education, he served as an assistant director and director in student affairs at Bemidji State University. In 2017, he accepted the position teaching 4th & 5th grade at Schoolcraft Learning Community, a Charter School located north of Bemidji, MN. His wife of over 10 years and their two young boys enjoy spending time hunting, fishing, and camping in the northwoods.

Jingbo Wang | Gr. 6-8 | Minnetonka Middle School West

This is Jingbo's 8th year teaching middle school (grades 6-8) Chinese Immersion Social Studies at Minnetonka Public Schools. His students have been learning all subjects in Chinese since kindergarten and they are all fluent bilingual speakers! He loves helping students integrate their multicultural perspectives in learning about the world! In 8th grade Global Studies, through the learning of world economy, students better realize how interconnected and interdependent we are in today's world! He's sure their bilingualism and multicultural perspectives will help them look at and solve world issues in a different light.