Two PCSSD teachers were among the 12 Arkansas educators recognized for outstanding economics teaching by Economics Arkansas at the 17th annual Bessie B. Moore Awards Program. They have demonstrated to their students that there is nothing “eeek” about economics. Ray Simon, former deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, honored the winners and delivered the keynote address during the luncheon at the Clinton Presidential Center.
Ms. Deborah Shearer, who teaches at Baker Elementary School won in the Veteran Category for her project, “Economics: the Recipe for Life.”
Ms. Lisa Twyford of Joe T. Robinson Middle School’s project, “Senior 2016…Senior 2020,” took the top stop in the Newcomer Category.
The Bessie B. Moore Awards Program offers cash awards and statewide recognition to stimulate creativity and innovation in economic education teaching practices. This year’s winners received $1,000 each and an inscribed acrylic trophy.
“These teachers have gone above and beyond in incorporating economics and personal finance concepts into the classroom curriculum,” said Sue Owens, executive director of Economics Arkansas. “They have developed novel and engaging projects to teach crucial elements of our market economy, such as saving and spending choices, investing in human capital, entrepreneurship and much more. Thanks to their efforts, their students are improving their economic and financial literacy, which will make them savvier citizens, consumers and producers as adults—which will benefit us all. It is our privilege to honor them with the Bessie B. Moore Awards.”