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

Jennifer Griffin (MSDE) and Sue Rogan (CASH Campaign)
Robin McKinney, Co-Founder and CEO, CASH Campaign of Maryland
Jeannie Kihn (MD Council on Economic Education, Carol A. Williamson, Ed.D., Deputy State Superintendent for Teaching & Learning, & Chief Academic Officer (MSDE), Robin McKinney (CASH Campaign)
High School award winner Tim Rodman with Karen Kokernak and Debbie Batchelor (MD Council on Economic Education)
Elementary School winner Tracey Gay with family and friends
Community Champion Karen Gibbs and family
Middle School winner Emily Shank
Middle School winner Emily Shank with family
Outstanding Organization CASA represented by Abdel Piedramartel, Pablo Blank, and Americorps Volunteers
The favorite dessert of the awards reception!
High School award winner Tim Rodman with friends and family
High School award winner Tim Rodman
Community Champion Karen Gibbs with family and Debbie Batchelor, MCEE
MSDE Team – Marquita Friday, Lynne Gilli, Carol Williamson, Jennifer Griffin
Delegate Cassilly greets Elementary School Winner Tracey Gay
Sen. Klausmeier with MCEE Executive Director Mary Ann Hewitt and CASH CEO Robin McKinney
Sen. Klausmeier with Middle School Award Winner Emily Shank
Sen. Klausmeier with Community Champion Karen Gibbs
Sen. Klausmeier with High School award winner Tim Rodman
Sen. Klausmeier with Outstanding Organization CASA’s Abdel Piedramartel and Pablo Blank
Sen. Klausmeier with Outstanding Organization CASA
Sen. Klausmeier, Delegate Cassilly and Elementary School winner Tracey Gay
Sen. Klausmeier with MSDE Team
Sen. Madaleno, Dels. Lierman and Hettleman, and CASH CEO Robin McKinney
Sen. Madaleno and High School award winner Tim Rodman
Del. Hettleman and Community Champion Karen Gibbs
Del. Lierman and Outstanding Organization CASA’s Abdel Piedramartel
Del. Anderton with Middle School Award Winner Emily Shank
CASH CEO Robin McKinney kicks off the awards
Del. Stein welcomes award winners as the Co-Chair of the Financial Education and Capability Commission
MCEE Executive Director Mary Ann Hewitt congratulates all of the winners
Carol A. Williamson, Ed.D., Deputy State Superintendent for Teaching & Learning, & Chief Academic Officer for MSDE congratulates all of the winners
Sen. Mathias presents a proclamation to Middle School Award Winner Emily Shank
Elementary School Award Winner Tracey Gay with MSDE’s Lynne Gilli and MCEE’s Mary Ann Hewitt
Elementary School Award Winner Tracey Gay
MSDE’s Lynne Gilli and Middle School Award Winner Shank
Sen. Mathias and Del. Anderton present proclamations to Middle School Award Winner Emily Shank with MSDE’s Lynne Gilli and MCEE’s Mary Ann Hewitt
Sen. Mathias and Del. Anderton present proclamations to Middle School Award Winner Emily Shank
MSDE’s Lynne Gilli presents to High School Winner Tim Rodman
High School Winner Tim Rodman with MSDE’s Lynne Gilli and MCEE’s Mary Ann Hewitt
Awards sponsor Meg Woodside of The Woodside Foundation congratulates the winners
Community Champion Karen Gibbs with Meg Woodside and CASH’s Robin McKinney
Community Champion Karen Gibbs
Meg Woodside presents the Outstanding Organization award to CASA
Outstanding Organization award CASA with Del. Lierman, Meg Woodside, and CASH’s Robin McKinney
Del. Lierman presents a proclamation to Outstanding Organization award CASA
Abdel Piedramarterl accepts the Outstanding Organization award for CASA
Presenting the 2018 Financial Education and Capability Award winners!
CASH CEO Robin McKinney and The Woodside Foundation Trustee Meg Woodside
Award winners recognized on the Senate floor with Sens. Mathias and Klausmeier and Senate President Miller
Award winners recognized on House floor with House Speaker Busch and Dels. Reilly, Washington, Reilly, Anderton, and Stein
8886 Award winners with their official Senate and House proclamations
Award winners with CASH CEO Robin McKinney