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14 Arkansas Teachers Receive "Bessie" Awards at Gala Luncheon

14 Arkansas Teachers Receive "Bessie" Awards at Gala Luncheon

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November 14, 2018

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Keynote speaker Gina Radke identifies sound money management the key to successful business

LITTLE ROCK—Fourteen teachers teacher from eight Arkansas schools were recently recognized as 2018 Bessie B. Moore winners for excellence in economic and personal finance teaching during the 23nd Annual Bessie B. Moore awards luncheon Nov. 7. The gala at the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock was hosted by Economics Arkansas, a non-profit educational organization that promotes economic and personal finance literacy among Arkansas PreK-12 students.

The 2018 Bessie B. Moore awards winners are:

  • Phillip Carlock, “Stephens Elementary Financial Lit. Program,” Little Rock School District
  • Melanie Adams, Amy Braswell, Jillane Johnson, Elizabeth McMichael and Rachel Racop, “It Takes a Village to Build a New Country,” Little Rock School District
  • Larisha Nelson, “S.A.W. (Students at Work),” Pulaski County Special School District
  • Susie Thompson, “Satisfaction Guaranteed! (Or is it?) Globalization, Trade and World Economics,” Little Rock Christian Academy
  • Tracy Floyd, Rheachel Hendricks and Kristina Thrift, “Economics Comes Naturally in the Natural State,” Fort Smith School District
  • Jessica Culver, “Yoganomics: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Econ!” Ozark School District
  • Jennifer Malugen, “Economics and the Three Little. . . ,” Springdale School District
  • Michele Jackson, “Make it Personal! Inspiring Teens to Embrace Personal Finance Responsibility,” Siloam Springs School District

They each received cash awards and a copy of “The Bessie,” a 7-inch statue created on a 3-D printer by the Arkansas Innovation Hub.

Gina Radke, CEO of Galley Support Innovations of North Little Rock, delivered the keynote address. She thanked the teachers for doing their important work with these words: “You are not just teaching economic principles, you are changing generations.” Radke also shared her “top business advice,” which aligned perfectly with this luncheon dedicated to the importance of economic and personal finance education: “Get your money right. [Some business] people say, ‘good customer service’ and ‘a good product’—yes, all that is important, but if you don’t have the money right, you won’t have a business to produce a product or to please customers. You have to get your money right.”

The 2018 gala luncheon was sponsored by ArcBest Corporation, Arkansas Bankers Association; Arkansas Department of Education; Arkansas Farm Bureau; Friday, Eldredge & Clark; Farmers Bank & Trust Magnolia; Bob Hamilton; Hart Tackle Company LLC; Horatio State Bank; Landmark PLC, Munro & Co.; UA Little Rock College of Business and Jim and Renee Wooten.     

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 PreK-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 10 awards are presented each year. The deadline to enter is typically in early to mid-July. More information is available here.

Note to media: Photos of the winning teachers are available upon request.


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