Teaching Awards

Recognizing Outstanding Educators | 2022/23

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 their students' understanding of economics and personal finance. Teaching award honorees are recognized in one of the categories below and each honoree receives $1,000, a plaque and a certifcate.

  • MCEE Elementary Educator of the Year (Grades K - 5)

  • MCEE Middle School Educator of the Year (Grades 6 - 8)

  • MCEE High School Educator of the Year (Grade 9 - 12)


  • Written description of experience effectively teaching economic and personal finance concepts 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 for the 2022-2023 school year

Nominations for 2023 awards will be accepted through June 25, 2023.

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Applications for 2023 awards will be accepted through July 16, 2023.

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MCEE Minnesota Educators of the Year | 2022

Jackelyn H. Doyle-Eustice | Gr. K-5 | Riverview West Side School of Excellence

Lesson Plan: Economics Unit Press Release

Jackelyn Doyle-Eustice is an elementary teacher for St. Paul Public Schools. She has worked in the district as a 5th-grade teacher and Social Studies content specialist over the past six years. Mrs. E, as her students call her, obtained her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin River Falls and her master's in Urban Education at Metropolitan State University. Outside of teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband and step-child, writing, traveling, and baking for her vegan small business.

Krysten Dane is a Family Consumer Sciences (FACS) Educator in her 11th year of teaching. She is passionate about FCS and the purpose-driven curriculum it embodies. Teaching FCS enables Ms. Dane to build encouraging relationships with her students in such a way that allows them to see the relatability and value in the content, including personal finance and responsible consumerism. FACS education focuses on developing skills and strengths in students that set them up for successful futures.

Craig Geyen has been teaching courses in both Economics and College in the Schools Economics in the Monticello District for the past 13 years. After majoring in Social Studies Education with an emphasis in Economics from Saint Cloud Saint University, Craig went on to pursue a master's in Economics and Entrepreneurship Education from the University of Delaware. Mr. Geyen has a passion for teaching and making connections with his students. His true strength lies in making students see how Economics is relevant in their everyday lives and how classroom learning applies to the real world.