This is the 31st year of honoring a teacher of economics or personal finance. This year’s recipient is Della Hoffman. She is passionate in her integration of economics and personal finance into her instruction at DPS' Place Bridge Academy, a K-8 school with around 1,000 students. At Place Bridge more than 60 different languages and 40 different countries are represented in the student body. While distinguishing herself as a full-time classroom teacher, Della has also served as a mentor teacher to her colleagues in well over a dozen professional development settings and has worked with the Colorado Department of Education in multiple projects promoting economic education. She is a most deserving recipient of the award.
2017 Winner - Ken Benson, Niwot High School
The 2017 winner is Ken Benson, from Niwot High School in the St. Vrain Valley School District. Ken is the 30th in a long list of distinguished award recipients. When Ken started at Niwot thirteen years ago, he was offered a one-semester economics survey course to teach. He has since grown the offerings at Niwot to include two full-year Advanced Placement classes and two International Baccalaureate classes, all in economics. He sponsors a student-led economics club and has taken the lead in his district to help develop economic and personal finance curriculum. He has participated in economic study tours to South Africa and Peru, and has been a mentor teacher for several Economic Literacy Colorado teacher training workshops.
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