Financial Education and Capability Awards
The Financial Education and Capability Awards Program highlights the dedication and success of public school teachers, community champions and outstanding organizations who deliver financial education. Financial education focuses on a range of financial management concepts and behaviors including budgeting, careers and income, credit, savings, financial decision-making, and understanding values and habits about money.
Nominate a Maryland financial education rock star to WIN $1,000! The 2019 nomination process is not yet open, but check back in December 2018 for an opportunity to nominate a financial educator or organization! To learn more please check out this overview.
2018 Financial Education and Capability Award Winners:
- Elementary School Teacher or Program: Tracey Gay, North Harford Elementary School (Harford County) Helped students create and sell holiday decorations out of old barn wood to learn about supply and demand. Proceeds from the sales helped purchase pajamas for Maryland children in need.
- Middle School Teacher or Program: Emily Shank, Pittsville Middle School and Bennett Middle School (Wicomico County) The only teacher in the school district to offer her Middle School Family & Consumer Science students Junior Achievement’s Career Successes program. The program helps students understand how careers lead to financial success.
- High School Teacher or Program: Tim Rodman, Walter Johnson High School (Montgomery County) Created a “Financial Literacy Unit”, which taught students how to balance a checkbook, write checks, manage credit cards, build credit, understand paychecks, pay taxes, be able to bank online, invest, deal with identify theft and how to set financial goals. Other teachers have since adopted Mr. Rodman’s curriculum.
- Community Champion Award (Individual Educator): Karen Gibbs, The Gibbs Perspective (Baltimore County) President and Founder of The Gibbs Perspective, a company dedicated to building financial capability. Karen is a noted speaker and moderator, and was most recently the financial expert for Maryland Public Television’s $mart Thinking About Your Money campaign.
- Outstanding Organization Award: CASA (Baltimore City) CASA’s holistic approach to financial education and community empowerment ensures that recently arrived immigrants have the knowledge, support, and resources necessary to not just survive, but thrive in a new country.
2018 Financial Education and Capability Award — Photo Gallery
Photo Credit: Rick Lippenholz