Koelbel Enterprising Teacher of the Year Award

Announcing the Winner of 2017 Koelbel Enterprising Teacher of the Year Award

Koelbel Enterprising Teacher of the Year Award

Congratulations to 2017 Recipient Ken Benson

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Each year through a competitive application process, the Economic Literacy Colorado selects an exemplary teacher of economics and/or personal finance as its Koelbel Enterprising Teacher of the Year. This year’s honoree 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. 

Ken has clearly distinguished himself as an ardent supporter and promoter of economic education in Colorado. 

Award funded by the
Buz and Sherri Koelbel Endowment