Economic Literacy Colorado classes provide outstanding content, instruction in classroom methodology (pedagogy), and instructional resources, all taught by PhD economics professors along with mentor economics teachers.
David Aske, Ph.D. - University of Northern Colorado
David Aske earned a B.S. degree in Economics and Political Science with an emphasis in international relations from Mankato State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests include economics of religion, economic education, and economic history of the United States. Dr. Aske holds a joint appointment in the Economics department and the Social Science program (where he is currently acting as the program coordinator). For the Economics department, he teaches courses in microeconomic theory, economics of religion, economic history, and industrial organization. In the Social Science program he teaches the Social Studies Senior Seminar and advises prospective secondary social studies teachers. David is the Director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Northern Colorado.
John Brock, Ph.D. - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
John Brock is Director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and Vice President of J.V. Bruni & Company, an investment adviser firm. He holds an undergraduate degree from the United States Air Force Academy, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in Economics from Cornell University. He has over 35 years teaching at the University of Colorado and the Air Force Academy, and as the Director of the Center for Economic Education, he creates, coordinates, and teaches economics and financial literacy workshops for social studies teachers throughout the state of Colorado. As co-founder of the Global Economic Education Alliance, he has conducted seminars and workshops in 14 emerging economies to train educators in market-based economics and to help them implement innovative methods for classroom instruction. He was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award at the Air Force Academy in 1985 and the Outstanding Instructor Award at the University of Colorado in 2002.
Dale DeBoer, Ph.D. - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Dr. Dale DeBoer is an Associate Professor of Economics and the Chairperson of the Department of Economics at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS). He received his B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Washington, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Davis. He is the recipient UC-Davis Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (1991), the Teaching Award for Outstanding Graduate Students (1991), the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award (1997), and the UCCS Outstanding Teaching Award (1999). His current research focuses on the reform of social welfare policies in the United States, models of domestic inequality dynamics, and financial implications of inheritance tax reform. Beyond this, he serves as an active consultant in the hedge fund industry.
Juan Dempere, Ph.D. - Argosy University, Colorado Heights University, and Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Juan M. Dempere has taught finance for more than 10 years. Currently, he is a faculty member at Argosy University, Colorado Heights University, and Colorado School of Mines. He teaches business-related courses in these institutions at both graduate and undergraduate level. His research interests include Initial Public Offerings, banking, corporate governance, leveraged buyouts, and the effects of financial regulations. He has published in several journals including the Review of Business; the Journal of Global Business and Technology; the International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance; the Journal of World Economic Review, etc.
Dan Driscoll - University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Dan Driscoll received a BS in Physics from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and an MA in Economics from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. He served over 26 years in the United States Air Force, as a reconnaissance navigator/electronic warfare officer and as an economics instructor. He taught as an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy from 2005-2015 and is currently a full-time Instructor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. With over twelve years of teaching, he has primarily taught introductory economics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, managerial economics and regional economies of Asia. Dan has volunteered as a youth coach and in District 20 schools as an instructor/mentor with chess club, Lego robotics, and Junior Achievement.
Dana Hoag, Ph.D. - Colorado State University
Dana is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. Dr. Hoag specializes in the economics of issues related to conflicts between public and private interests in agricultural production. He has worked on ecosystem services, wildlife damage to private lands in Colorado, Elk and Bison feeding programs in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the impact of climate change on pastoralists in Africa, and is a leading scholar in soil and water conservation economics and policy. Dr. Hoag has published five books and over 250 journal articles and research publications. He has presented his research to farmers and ranchers, industry, and multiple government agencies including the US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Agency for International Development and Congress. His work has taken him to Bolivia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, China, Europe, and more.
Jay Kaplan, PhD - University of Colorado Boulder
Jay Kaplan received his B.S. degree from the University of Maryland. He spent some years working in Washington DC as a programmer for a consulting firm and the Federal Reserve Board. Over time, Jay migrated to Colorado where he started graduate school at the University of Colorado, Boulder. During this time, Jay spent several years working at the State Capitol in Denver as an economic forecaster for the Governor and his staff. Mr. Kaplan eventually received his Ph.D. in Economics. After graduation, he was asked to teach for the Department of Economics in Boulder and to start an internship program for undergraduate students majoring in Economics. Jay has been teaching in Boulder since 1991 and has received several teaching awards over the years. He has taught classes ranging in size from 20 to 500 students. Mr. Kaplan continues to be active in the field of online education. When Netscape 1.0 was released in late 1994, Jay combined his programming skills with economics and developed some of the first Web-based online courses for college credit.
Farida Khan. PhD - University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Dr. Farida Chowdhury Khan has a B.B.A in Economics from Georgia College and State University, an M.S in Economic Policy and Planning from Northeastern University, and a PhD. in Economics from University of Maryland. Her research background is in International trade policy, numerical general equilibrium models, and she works on economic development in South Asia, primarily on Bangladesh. She has written on topics related to capital goods, micro-credit, gender, and more recently environmental issues as they connect to indigenous peoples in India and Bangladesh. Her writing also includes topics on the US economy.
Mike Lucchesi - University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Mike Lucchesi received a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and an MA in Economics from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Winner of the 1988 Academy Educator Award, he served over 29 years in the United States Air Force, as a pilot and as an economics instructor. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Senior Instructor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. In over 27 years of teaching he has primarily taught microeconomics, macroeconomics, money and banking, managerial economics and financial markets, and has given numerous presentations on behavioral economics. Mike was one of sixteen professors competitively selected from across the U.S. to participate in the 2010 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program in China. He is the Associate Director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Neal Rappaport, Ph.D. - Colorado College
Neal Rappaport earned his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a retired Air Force Colonel who served as an Associate Professor of Economics and Department Head of the Department of Economics and Geosciences at the United States Air Force Academy. Neal has been a Visiting Professor of Economics at Colorado College since 2013. His extensive teaching experience includes courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Finance, International Economics, Economics of Asia, Operations Research, and Financial Accounting. In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Rappaport has extensive practical economic experience. He has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan dealing with economic development issues. He has consulted on such projects as redeveloping Baghdad’s “Green Zone,” and on creating alternative livelihoods for opium growers in rural Afghanistan. He also spent several months working as the Senior Economist for International Trade on former President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he worked on a variety of bilateral and multilateral issues and negotiations.
Katie Sauer, Ph.D. - National Endowment for Financial Education
As senior director of education, research and strategic impact for the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) Sauer’s responsibilities include philanthropic, research, evaluation and technology engagement of the collegiate and adult consumer education initiatives of the foundation. Sauer brings over a decade of expert economic literacy experience from teaching, conducting and overseeing research, developing and implementing projects, and managing programs. Prior to joining NEFE, Sauer was vice president at an investment consulting firm where she specialized in retirement plans. Before that, she served three years on a human resources leadership team with the University of Colorado System Administration Office where she worked on special projects in employee engagement and education. She has held faculty positions at the University of Southern Indiana and Metropolitan State University of Denver and was co-director of the Center for Economic Education at the later. Additionally, Sauer has consulted for the U.S. Department of Commerce and provided faculty development training at Eurasia University in Xi’an, China.
Mark Smith, PhD - Colorado College
Mark Griffin Smith is the John Lord Knight Professor of Economics in the Economics and Business Department at Colorado College. Mark came to Colorado College in 1988 to explore the dynamic world of western water resources through exploiting the block plan’s capacity for field trips. His courses in natural resource and environmental economics explore issues ranging from Glen Canyon Dam to Native American water rights to national climate policy in Washington, D.C. to California’s AB32. He has also taken students to both England and Nepal. In the fall of 2017 he took 16 students to Bonn, Germany -for COP-23. From 1994 to 1996 he was project manager and research scholar with the Water Resources Project at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. In 2009 he was a Fulbright-Schuman European Affairs Scholar engaged in research on the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) for control of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. He holds an A.B. in economics from Harvard; an M.S. in water resource systems from Duke and a Ph.D.in economics also from Duke.
Teresa Yohon, Ph.D. - Colorado Department of Education
Teresa Yohon is currently the Education and Instructional Technology Specialist at the Colorado Department of Education. She has also been a research scientist and Instructor at Colorado State University in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication. She earned her Ph.D. in Community and Human Resources and Vocational Education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She helped develop the standards for Business Education and Marketing for the Colorado Community College System. Teresa also supervised the development of online lesson plans and the resource web site that support these new standards. She was a member of the Colorado Economics Standards sub-committee that revised the economic standards for the state (December, 2009). Teresa lives in Fort Collins.
Ken Benson - Niwot High School
Ken Benson earned his BA in Economics and German from Colorado State University and his Masters in International Business from University of Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to teaching, Ken worked in both the technical and business side of several technology startups, and was President of a small artificial intelligence company in Boulder for 18 months. Ken has taught for 14 years, the last thirteen at Niwot High School. When he started at Niwot, he was offered a one-semester economics survey course to teach. He has since grown the offerings at Niwot to include 2 full-year Advanced Placement classes and 2 International Baccalaureate classes as well. Ken was awarded Niwot’s Educator of the Year in 2008. More recently, he received the Spotlight Award for Excellence in St Vrain Valley School District. He was one of only five educators to receive the award and the only high school teacher to be recognized. Ken sponsors the student-led Niwot High School Economics Club where his students teach elementary kids about the Circular Flow and where they Skype with best-selling author Charles Wheelan every year. Students lead weekly discussions about issues of the day and learn the real world virtues of micro-finance programs in the club. Ken has participated in economic study tours to South Africa and Peru. He has served as mentor teacher for ELC in several of its teacher training workshops. Finally, he was selected as the 2017 Koelbel Enterprising Teacher of the Year by ELC.
Donna Ecks - Doherty High School
Donna Ecks earned her BA from Colorado State University and her MA in curriculum and instruction from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She is in her 21st year of teaching. Donna started her teaching career at St. Mary’s High School before moving to Doherty High School, where she has been for the last 18 years. In addition to teaching, Donna coached swimming and diving at both schools. Donna collaborates regularly with District 11 teachers on economic curriculum mapping and developing district assessments. Donna was also selected to collaborate on the first cut score development for the Economic Section of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam. In 2006, she was selected to by the National Council of Economic Education (NCEE) to travel to Washington DC lobby for continuing funding for economic education. She has attended two international economic study tours, one to South Africa and the other Lithuania. In 2007, Donna received the Enterprising Teacher of the year award.
Autumn Githara - Lewis-Palmer Middle School
Autumn Githara earned her Master's Degree in Education from the University of Colorado in 2010, and started teaching at Lewis Palmer Middle School that same year. She graduated with honors and a BA in Anthropology and a minor in mathematics from UCCS in 1998. Autumn has been teaching since 2001, where she started in Colorado Springs School District 11. She is in her 8th year at Lewis Palmer and serves as a team leader, has taught both 7th grade Eastern Hemisphere and 8th grade American History, as well as 7th and 8th grade English. She also coordinates the school's National Geographic Bee competition. She has mentored several teachers through local teacher prep programs. Autumn is especially committed to bringing a hands-on approach to her teaching and is active in pursuing new ideas and methods with her students. During her spare time, she invests in as many professional development offerings as possible.
Kurt Gutschick - Valor Christian School
Kurt Gutschick received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Colorado State University. Upon completion of his studies, he worked for the U.S. Senate as a staff assistant to Senator Wayne Allard. Kurt completed his Master’s degree in School Leadership and Administration from Grand Canyon University in 2006. Kurt Gutschick joined the Valor faculty in 2010, where he started the AP Economics program, along with the Valor Society of Economic Studies, which is a student-run club that brings in a variety of different speakers of local, state, and national prominence. He is a member of the Advanced Economics Roundtable, a group of Colorado economics teachers who meet annually to share best practices, resources and ideas. In his spare time Kurt also advises numerous political campaigns at the local, state, and federal level.
Della Hoffman - Place Bridge Academy
Della Hoffman is a 6th grade Newcomer Teacher at Place Bridge Academy, a magnet school for refugees in Denver Public Schools. She works with a class of English Language Learners who have been in the country for two years or less. Prior to her work at Place, she worked for three years at the Delaware Council for Economic Education where she taught programs for teachers and students relating to economic education and personal financial literacy. While in Delaware, she earned a MA in Teaching Economic Education and Entrepreneurship. In her spare time, she is an avid Zumba enthusiast and instructor.
Charles Kastens - Independence Elementary School
Charles Kastens is currently a 4th grade teacher at Independence Elementary in the Cherry Creek School District. He has 19 years of classroom experience in the intermediate grade levels, the past 14 at Independence. Charles has become very engaged in teaching and sharing his knowledge of the PFL standards over the past several years. He has conducted professional development classes at the school and district levels, and has done multiple projects with CDE, including being part of the PFL Standards Revision Committee. Charles is married to his beautiful wife Christine, and has three amazing children
Jeff Kenefsky - Cheyenne Mountain High School
Jeff Kenefsky earned is BA from the University of Oregon and an MAT from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. He developed the required economics course at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs where he has been teaching for 16 years. He was named 2017 Cheyenne Mountain High School Teacher of the Year. Jeff sits on the Southern Partnership Council for Economic Literacy Colorado where he helped develop "What Every Teacher and Student Should Know About The Economy", a class specifically aimed at promoting economic literacy. When not discussing the benefits of trade deficits, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, the occasional stroll up the Manitou Incline, and finding new ways to cook and enjoy sweet potatoes.
Sara Shackett - Lakewood High School
Sara Shackett has been teaching for eighteen years, spending the last fifteen years at Lakewood High School in Jefferson County. During that time, she’s taken twenty-one CCEE classes, has earned a Certificate in Secondary Economic Education through the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and has been honored as CCEE’s 2009 Enterprising Teacher of the Year. To add to those accolades, Sara was named the 2014 National Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year, a most prestigious national award with competition from hundreds of teachers across the country.
Sandy Stokely - retired, Denver Public Schools
Sandy Stokely has been a teacher in the Denver Public Schools for 26 years. She has taught grades pre-School through eighth. She has been active in the district as a grant writer, mentor, peer assistant, curriculum writer and professional developer. She serves as a liaison for Whiz Kids, mentoring tutors to support student achievement. She is on the board of CoTESOL, working with other teachers of second language students. She serves as a member of COGEF, enhancing instruction in geography. Sandy has won numerous awards including the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, Distinguished Teacher of the Year for DPS, Jared Polis Award, Teacher of the Year for KRMA-PBS, Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship, National Teacher Trainer Institute Master Teacher and Hispanic and Asian Councils Teacher of the Year. Sandy's dedication and expertise are great assets she shares as a Master Teacher for Economic Literacy Colorado.
Richard Trinkner - Boulder High School
Richard Trinkner earned his BA from Pomona College and an MA from Stanford University. Richard has twenty years of teaching experience in six countries, and has taught at Boulder High School since 2005. While taking a break from teaching, he worked as a technical writer, software engineer, and finally as a business strategy consultant and IT research director at Gartner, Inc. He has served the College Board as an exam reader in Macroeconomics for two years and served the International Baccalaureate for many years as an exam reader in History and Theory of Knowledge. In 2008, Richard received Economic Literacy Colorado’s Enterprising Teacher of the Year Award. He coached state-champion Fed Challenge teams in 2008 and 2009, and led his 2008 team to the national finals, finishing in the top seven of over 1,000 teams. In 2013 his students won the Colorado Stock Market Experience competition and were state champions in the national Council for Economic Education’s Econ Challenge (AP/IB Division), finishing 19th in the nation. He was named the Colorado 2013 Stock Market Experience high-school teacher of the year. Richard lives in Boulder and enjoys cycling, jazz, cooking, bee-keeping, reading, backpacking, climbing fourteeners and home brewing.
Sherri Weber - Chatfield Senior High
Sherry Weber has been teaching economics for thirteen years at Chatfield Senior High in Jefferson County where she has taught for nineteen years. In addition to teaching Economics she also teaches AP Macroeconomics as well as U.S. Government. She has earned her Certificate in Secondary Economic Education from Economic Literacy Colorado as well as traveled to the Republic of South Africa in the summer of 2009 with the Council for Economic Education. In 2012 she was selected as Economic Literacy Colorado's Enterprising Teacher of the Year. When not teaching, Sherry enjoys spending time with her family, running and traveling. (rev. 9/14)