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

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

2020 MCEE Educator of the Year Teaching Award Honorees

Joseph T. Eustice | Gr. 6-8

The Game of Farming

Joseph just started his 30th year of teaching Sixth Grade, Head Wrestling Coach, and Junior High Football Coach in Ortonville, Minnesota. He is married to his lovely wife Renee, with whom he has 12 children. He has had the honor to serve our nation for 32 years in the Minnesota Army National Guard and concluded his service as the Command Sergeant Major of the 1st BN 125th FA in 2014.

James has spent his entire 25-year teaching career in Sauk Centre. Mr. Schreiner started teaching Economics 6 years ago. Since that time he has also started teaching a personal finance class and became the facilitator for a Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) course. He is married to his wife of 26 years and has a son, age 21, and daughter, age 18.