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12 Outstanding Economics Teachers to Receive Awards

12 Outstanding Economics Teachers to Receive Awards

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Sue Owens, Executive Director

October 25, 2012

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For Immediate Release

Ray Simon to present keynote address during the Bessie B. Moore Awards Program on Nov. 8

LITTLE ROCK—Twelve Arkansas educators who have demonstrated to their students that there is nothing “eeek” about economics will be recognized for outstanding teaching during a gala luncheon. Ray Simon, former deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, will honor the winners and deliver the keynote address during the 17th Annual Bessie B. Moore Awards Program, hosted by Economics Arkansas. The event is scheduled for Nov. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell and EA board members will also attend the luncheon.

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 will receive $1,000 each and an inscribed acrylic. Honorees include:

• Rebekah Bilderback, Greenbrier Junior High School, Greenbrier School District
• Heather Grosze, Rogers Heritage High School, Rogers School District
• Valarie Harp, Hartford Elementary School, Hartford School District
• Jennifer Howald, Woods Elementary School, Fort Smith School District
• Sarah Jerry, Greenbrier Eastside Elementary School, Greenbrier School District
• Peggy Johnson, Harmony Grove Elementary School, Harmony Grove School District
• Natosha Jones, College Hill Elementary School, Texarkana School District
• Tamra Lambert, Bryant Middle School, Bryant School District
• Lynn Massey, Harp & Lee Elementary Schools, Springdale School District
• Deborah Shearer, Baker Elementary School, Pulaski County Special School District
• Lisa Twyford, Robinson Middle School, Pulaski County Special School District
• Shelina Warren, Jack Robey Junior High School, Pine Bluff School District

“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.”

Economics Arkansas launched the Bessie B. Moore Awards program in 1995 to honor exemplary teachers for successfully integrating economic principles into the classroom. The contest is open to educators K-12 from public and independent schools in Arkansas. To enter, teachers submit written descriptions of their projects, which are reviewed and judged by an independent panel of economic education specialists. The winners receive cash awards and plaques. Up to 12 awards are presented each year, six in a Newcomers division and another six in the Veterans category. The deadline to enter is typically in early to mid-July. More information is available at

The 2012 gala luncheon is sponsored by the Arkansas Bankers Association, the Arkansas Department of Education, Daisy Outdoor Products, Arkansas Farm Bureau Insurance, Jim and Renee Wooten, Bean Hamilton Corporate Benefits, Entergy, Farmers Bank & Trust Magnolia, Friday Eldredge & Clark, Munro & Co. and UALR.

Economics Arkansas (through the Arkansas Council on Economic Education) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan educational organization founded in 1962 by Dr. Bessie B. Moore to promote economic literacy in Arkansas. Its mission is to promote economic literacy and the economic-way of thinking to PreK-12 students in Arkansas by empowering educators to teach the fourth “r,” real life economics.
• Real life economics teaches students:
• To invest in their human capital, opening opportunities to the American Dream.
• Decision-making skills and the costs associated with each decision.
• Financial skills to better manage their resources in the future.
• About the global market and their future roles as producers and consumers.

Note to media: Photos of winners are available upon request.


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