Magnolia Educator Receives Excellence in Economics Award


Economics Arkansas recently awarded seven teachers a Bessie B. Moore Teaching Award for the 2021-22 academic year. The awards program recognizes Arkansas teachers for going “beyond” what is required by developing exceptional financial, economic and personal projects that they incorporate into the classroom during the school year.

Winners of the 2021-22 competition include:

Amy Blackburn: Toy Economics, Anne Watson Elementary, East End School District

Tracy Floyd and Courtney Warren: Hero to Hero Economy, Louise Durham Elementary, Mena Public Schools

Allyson Goodin: EAST Addresses Economics, Jonesboro High School Academies, Jonesboro Public Schools

Amy Mileham: Young Entrepreneurs Club, Grace Hill Elementary, Rogers Public Schools

Jessica Talley: the economy is buzzing!, East Side Elementary, Magnolia Public Schools

Lisa Taylor: Inventors, Inventions, Entrepreneurs and More, Willis D. Shaw Elementary, Springdale Public Schools

Marsha Masters, Associate Director of Economics Arkansas, had this to say about this year’s winners: “The winners of this year’s awards program have integrated economics in many creative ways and platforms. real world during the traditional school day, while others provided engaging opportunities outside of the classroom schedule. All offered lifelong learning opportunities that these students will remember throughout. of their life.

The purpose of the awards program is to stimulate creativity and innovation in teaching economics, to encourage educators to develop descriptions of their successful teaching practices, and to recognize outstanding educators who teach effectively the principles of economic education. Winning entries demonstrate standards-based knowledge of economics appropriate to the grade level or course being taught and support improved student achievement and growth in economic understanding and knowledge.

The award is named after Economics Arkansas’ first executive director, Dr. Bessie B. Moore. Winners are surprised by “The Bessie Brigade” each fall and receive a monetary award, a basket of treats and a “The Bessie” award statue.

Economics Arkansas is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization founded in 1962 by Dr. Arch Ford and led by Dr. Bessie B. Moore to promote economic literacy in Arkansas. Its mission is to equip PreK-12 schools with standards-based resources and professional development to teach economics, personal finance and the free enterprise system using practical, innovative and inspiring methods so that students of Arkansas can master an understanding of economics and personnel. finance and apply this knowledge to succeed in the free enterprise system.


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