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.
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