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4 Teachers from Sebastian County and Rogers Schools to Receive Awards

4 Teachers from Sebastian County and Rogers Schools to Receive Awards

For more information, contact
Claudia Utley, Communications Director
501-683-3104 (office) 
October 14, 2019

For Release to Media in Sebastian and Benton Counties 
For Immediate Release

Cash and “Bessie” for Excellence in Teaching Economics and Personal Finance 

LITTLE ROCK—One teacher from the Fort Smith School district, one teacher from the Hackett School District and two teachers from the Rogers School District are this year’s winners of the Bessie B. Moore awards for excellence in economic and personal finance teaching during the 2018-19 school year. 

They will be honored in November during the 24th Annual Bessie B. Moore awards luncheon, hosted by Economics Arkansas, an educational non-profit organization. Each will receive a $1,000 cash award and a copy of “The Bessie,” a 7-inch statue created on a 3-D printer by the Arkansas Innovation Hub. 

The winners and their award-winning projects are:

  • Amy Nicole Gordon, “Cupid’s Creations,” Barling Elementary, Fort Smith School District
  • Valarie Harp, “P.I.E.S., Primary Investigators Economics Style,” Hackett Elementary, Hackett School District
  • Amy Mileham, “Truckin’ Through Economics,” Grace Hill Elementary, Rogers School District
  • Anna Badders, “The Lemonade Stand Hangout,” Grace Hill Elementary, Rogers School District

 The gala luncheon is scheduled for Nov. 13, 11.30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. Keynote speaker will be Sarah-Catherine Gutierrez, founder and CEO of Aptus Financial Services and the recent #Save10 grassroots campaign to inspire Americans to save 10 percent (or more) of their gross earnings for life and retirement. 

Individual seats and sponsorships are available at
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 a “Bessie” statue. Up to 10 awards are presented each year. The deadline to enter is typically in early to mid-July. 

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