Past Winners

2016 Winner: Kellie Friend - Turtle Lake Elementary

MCEE is proud to present Kellie Friend with the 2016 Economic Educator of the Year Award. Kellie Friend has been teaching in elementary schools for the past 17 years and is currently teaching third grade at Turtle Lake Elementary School in Shoreview, MN. Kellie began teaching economics in the elementary classroom in 2009 and has been integrating economics into her classrooms ever since.

Kellie says that she loves teaching economics in the elementary classroom because “students are engaged, discussions are rich, and kids love the hands-on nature of the activities.” She states, “one of my favorite things about teaching economics is being able to connect my students to the world beyond their classroom in a meaningful way. I love helping my students recognize and understand the power they have through the decisions and choices they make.” Kellie says that, like most teachers, she “loves watching students become excited about learning.” “I love tapping into their natural curiosity and creativity. One of the greatest things is watching young children understand that often questions don’t have a simple or ‘right’ answer.” “Understanding this,” she says, “is a game changer. When we get to that point, the discussions and learning in the room changes. Students can grapple with more complex questions and begin to understand the impact of their own decisions.”

Kellie first participated in MCEE programming in 2009 and has been very active in MCEE’s professional development courses including becoming a MCEE Master Teacher and leading elementary economics courses and programs for other teachers. In addition to participating in MCEE programs, Kellie serves on the MN Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE) steering committee and is a coordinator of The Giant State Traveling Map, a national initiative through National Geographic and MAGE.

MCEE congratulates Kellie on her achievements in economic education and celebrates the talented teaching she brings to her students.

2015 Winner

Alan Amdahl - Albany Senior High

2014 Winner

Emily Anderson - Blaine High School

2013 Winner

Tim Prosen - Cloquet High School

2012 Winner

Martha Rush - Mounds View High School

2011 Winner

James Redelsheimer - Robbinsdale Armstrong High School

2010 Winner

Tom Stockard - Little Falls Community High School

2009 Winner

William T. (Billy) James - Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial High School

2008 Winner

Ethan Cherin - St. Paul Central High School

2007 Winner

Nancy Krenner - Red Rock Elementary School, South Washington County

2006 Winner

Scott Wolla - Hibbing High School

2005 Winner

David Stark - Brainerd High School

2004 Winner

Gail Colbert - Tartan High School

2003 Winner

Loren Dunham - Fairmont High School

2002 Winner

Patricia A. Sheehan - Maple Grove High School

2001 Winner

Susan J. Berg - North High School, North St. Paul

2000 Winner

Michael J. Roe - White Bear Lake High School

1999 Winner

Dan Marsh - Edina High School