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.

University Professors


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. 

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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.


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.


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.

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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.

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.

Mentor Teachers

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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 13 years, the last twelve 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 Districts. 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.

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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.

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.

Jay LeBlanc - Littleton Academy

Jay LeBlanc is a social studies and math middle school teacher at Littleton Academy, a K-8 charter school in Littleton, Colorado. He is currently in his 19th year of teaching. Jay was the 2011 recipient of the Colorado State History Teacher of the Year Award, and was 1 of 25 first-year recipients of PFL grants from the Great West Great Teachers program. Mr. LeBlanc has taken classes regularly from Economic Literacy Colorado for several years, and has attended and presented at several national conferences over the past 3 years. He is married to Kiki (a high school math teacher) and enjoys sports (especially coaching volleyball), travel (especially to sites he can use in his classes), and reading – at least when he gets time away from grading papers!


Sara Shackett - Lakewood High School

Sara Shackett has been teaching for fifteen years at Lakewood High School in Jefferson County.  During that time, she’s taken twenty-one Economic Literacy Colorado classes, has earned a Certificate in Secondary Economic Education through the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and has been honored as Economic Literacy Colorado’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)