Teaching Awards

Recognizing Outstanding Educators

Every day, there are teachers around the state who bring economics and personal finance to life for their students. Their lessons engage students and help them to apply their learning to their daily lives. We want to recognize and honor those educators who make a difference in the lives of their students through excellence in economic and personal finance education.

Each year MCEE honors Minnesota educators who effectively teach economic and personal finance principles using innovative, diverse, and creative teaching practices. The awards honor teachers who incorporate exemplary teaching techniques that improve the economic understanding of their students, both in and out of the classroom. To show our appreciation of the hard work and effort that went into an extraordinary year, MCEE’s annual teaching awards will highlight teachers who excelled at adapting economic or personal finance lessons for distance learning.

2020 Teaching Awards & Criteria:

  • MCEE Educator of the Year Grade K-5 (recipient receives plaque and $500)

  • MCEE Educator of the Year Grade 6-8 (recipient receives plaque and $500)

  • MCEE Educator of the Year Grade 9-12 (recipient receives plaque and $500)

This award recognizes teachers who excelled at adapting an Economics or Personal Finance lesson(s) for Distance Learning.

2020 MCEE Educator of the Year Teaching Award Honorees

Joseph T. Eustice | Gr. 6-8

The Game of Farming

Joseph just started his 30th year of teaching Sixth Grade, Head Wrestling Coach, and Junior High Football Coach in Ortonville, Minnesota. He is married to his lovely wife Renee, with whom he has 12 children. He has had the honor to serve our nation for 32 years in the Minnesota Army National Guard and concluded his service as the Command Sergeant Major of the 1st BN 125th FA in 2014.

James Schreiner | Gr. 9-12

Factors of Production Video

James has spent his entire 25-year teaching career in Sauk Centre. Mr. Schreiner started teaching Economics 6 years ago. Since that time he has also started teaching a personal finance class and became the facilitator for a Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) course. He is married to his wife of 26 years and has a son, age 21, and daughter, age 18.