Teaching Awards

Recognizing Outstanding Educators | 2022

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 student understanding of concepts and issues. 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


  • 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 2021-2022 school year

Nominations for 2022 awards will be accepted through April 30, 2022. Nominate today to be placed in a $25 Amazon Gift Card drawing!

Applications for 2022 awards will be accepted through June 17, 2022. Apply today to be placed in a $50 Amazon Gift Card drawing!

MCEE Minnesota Educators of the Year | 2021

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

Lesson Plan: Automotive Research & Purchase Press Release

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

Lesson Plan: Free Trade Simulation Press Release

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.

Jared Kegler | Gr. 9-12 | Faribault Senior High School

Lesson Plan: Travel Itinerary Budget Press ReleaseFaribault Daily News Article

Jared Kegler grew up in Lester Prairie, MN. He went to school at Minnesota State University, Mankato and graduated with a B.S. in Business Education. Jared received his M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota in Business and Industry Education with a specialization in Marketing and certificate in Career and Technical Education. This school year is Jared’s 22nd year teaching and 17th at Faribault Senior High School. He loves teaching students about Personal Finance and Economics because of the real world information and skills that students will use every day the rest of their life.