2021-2022 SC Economics

Outstanding Teacher of the Year

It is our honor to congratulate Denise Harrel, teacher at DuBose Middle School in Summerville, South Carolina on receiving the 2022 SC Economics Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, in recognition of her advocacy and commitment to teaching economics and personal finance to South Carolina students. Mrs. Harrel is a Career and Technology Education (CTE) teacher and is passionate about teaching financial literacy. Denise believes that “all students deserve to be empowered with the skills needed to be prepared for life after high school.” Mrs. Harrel is an inaugural member of the SCFLMT Program. Theodore Brinkley, Principal at DuBose Middle, said, “Denise’s passion for the betterment of her students lives is unparalleled. She is constantly thinking “outside-of-the-box” to meet and exceed the needs of her students.” Congratulations, Mrs. Harrel!

SC Economics Wins Bronze Level Curriculum Award

SC Economics Program Director, Chandler Jordan, and Project Manager, Amanda Stiglbauer, were recognized with a Bronze Curriculum Award at the National Association of Economic Educator's Spring Meeting for their original lesson plan, An Interactive Way to Teach Absolute and Comparative Advantage. This lesson allows students to create data through hands-on competitions, like texting and push ups, in order to determine the opportunity cost of each activity. Once students have determined opportunity cost, they can understand why we as individuals, states, and nations trade.

John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Winner

Amanda Stiglbauer, pictured left, economics teacher at Blythewood High School and SC Economics' Project Manager, was selected by the national Council for Economic Education to receive the John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Award at the high school level. This recognition reflects how Amanda's excellence makes a difference and exemplifies how the importance of economic and financial education is critical to students’ future success. She was honored at the 58th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in October in Los Angeles, CA. Pictured left to right: Chandler Jordan (Program Director), Kurt Stiglbauer, Amanda Stiglbauer, and Dr. Gary Stone (board member).