Koelbel Enterprising Teacher of the Year Award
Past Enterprising Teacher of the Year Winners:
2019 Winner - Jeff Kenefsky, Cheyenne Mountain High School, Cheyenne Mountain School District
2018 Winner - Della Hoffman, Place Bridge Academy, Denver Public Schools
2017 Winner - Ken Benson, Niwot High School, Saint Vrain Valley School District
2016 Winner - Don Spano, Challenger Middle School, Colorado Springs School District 11
2015 Winner - Rudy Sumpter, Monarch High School, Boulder Valley School District
2014 Winner - Mark Ewig, Palmer Ridge High School, Lewis-Palmer School District
2013 Winner - Debbie Cohen, Liberty Middle School, Cherry Creek School District
2012 Winner - Sherry Weber, Chatfield High School, Jefferson County School District
2011 Winner - Michael Paige, Cheyenne Mountain High School, Cheyenne Mountain School District
2010 Winner - Terence Miller, Cherokee Trail High School, Cherry Creek School District
2009 Winner - Sara Shackett, Lakewood High School, Jefferson Country School District
2008 Winner - Richard Trinkner, Boulder High School, Boulder Valley School District
2007 Winner - Donna Ecks, Doherty High School, Colorado Springs #11 School District
2006 Winner - Gerard (Jerry) Rouse, Thunder Ridge High School, Douglas County District
2005 Winner - Tracey Boychuk, Pomona High School, Jefferson County School District
2004 Winner - Suzanne deLemos, Northglenn High School, Adams 12 Five Star Schools
2003 Winner - Lisa Vogt, Thunder Ridge High School, Douglas County District
2002 Winner - Curt Smith, Liberty High School, Air Academy School District
2001 Winner - Kendra Cheese, Lakewood High School, Jefferson County School District
2000 Winner - Marc Johnson, Smoky Hill High School, Cherry Creek School District
1999 Winner - Rex Duncan, Grand Junction High School, Mesa County School District
1998 Winner - Jim Astle, Evergreen High School, Jefferson County School District
1997 Winner - Francisco Garcia, Standley Lake High School, Jefferson County School District
1996 Winner - Donald Benavidez, Pueblo School of Arts and Sciences, Pueblo School District
1995 Winner - Elizabeth Stansberry, Denver Public Schools
1994 Winner - Dorsee Johnson-Tucker, Lakewood High School, Jefferson County School District
1993 Winner - Bill Achbach, George Washington High School, Denver Public Schools
1992 Winner - Sue Badgett, Air Academy High School, Air Academy School District
1991 Winner - Kathy Ratte', Jefferson County School District
1990 Winner - Jay Grenawalt, George Washington High School, Denver Public Schools
1989 Winner - Candace Allen, formerly of the Pueblo School District
1988 Winner - Phyllis Bye, Heatherwood Elementary School, Boulder Valley School District
Economic Literacy Colorado is accepting nominations for exemplary teachers of these academic disciplines (as well as those who integrate these disciplines into other subjects) for its 33rd annual Enterprising Teacher of the Year Award. Accompanying the recognition is a $2,000 award to be presented at the Colorado Council for the Social Studies conference luncheon in 2020.
The judging questions appear below. You can submit your responses online from this site or send them electronically (as an attachment) to EconLitCo at email@example.com. Student testimonials are optional. You can find sample applications from previous winners at this website.
If you are selected as the award recipient you will be expected to attend at the 2020 Colorado Council for the Social Studies Conference. You will be honored in front of the state social studies community at that time.
Award funded by the:
Buz and Sherri Koelbel Endowment
How has the applicant exhibited a personal passion for the academic disciplines of economics and/or financial literacy?
How has the applicant demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the best pedagogical practices in economic education and/or promoting financial literacy?
How has the applicant utilized the resources of Economic Literacy Colorado?
How successful has the applicant been in inspiring an appreciation for and interest in economics and/or financial literacy with his/her students?
How has the applicant promoted economic education and/or financial literacy beyond her/his classroom? (school, district, community)
Active Colorado K-12 teacher or administrator/coordinator
Previous non-winning nominees
Please contact Economic Literacy Colorado at 303-752-2323 with any questions.
2020 Entry Form
The deadline is February 15, 2020