Maryland Financial Education and Capability Awards

In partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland Council on Economic Education (MCEE), the Maryland Financial Education and Capability Awards were developed to honor teachers, individuals and organizations that serve as leaders in financial education. Awards are given yearly in the following categories:

  • Elementary School Teacher or Program
  • Middle School Teacher or Program
  • High School Teacher or Program
  • Community Champion Award (Individual Educator conducting adult education)
  • Outstanding Organization Award (conducting adult education)

The nonprofits CASH (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) Campaign of Maryland, Maryland Council on Economic Education (MCEE), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) are pleased to announce the 2024 winners of the eleventh annual Maryland Financial Education and Capability Awards. The Award winners were highlighted during an in-person reception on March 25th at 6:00pm at the Maryland Inn in Annapolis, Maryland. The reception was sponsored by SECU. The honorees are the sole winners in their categories statewide and highlight the importance of financial education for all age groups. Following the reception, the honorees were recognized for their excellence by the Maryland General Assembly during their evening Session in the State House.

2024 Financial Education and Capability Award Winners:

  • Elementary School Teacher Award: Amy Cargiulo, Waverly Elementary (Howard County)

For encouraging students to see beyond the present and to look into their futures through the Stock Market Game, an MCEE program designed to develop the basic economic principles for long-term financial well being

  • Middle School Teacher Award: Nicolas Berluti, Kingsview Middle (Montgomery County)

For being a constant champion in the school’s 7th grade financial literacy curriculum to ensure students gain the knowledge and life skills necessary for future success

  • High School Teacher Award: Susan Bistransin, Prince George’s County Public High Schools (Prince George’s County)

For incorporating a Financial Literacy requirement course and now as Coordinator for the program which delivers valuable content to all Prince George’s County High Schools

  • Community Champion: Mary Ellen Mitchell, CEO/Founder of Housing Frederick (Frederick County)

For advocating for low-income earners by promoting a path to financial self-sufficiency and economic empowerment for those who need it most through her financial education flagship program that positively impacts the lives of thousands of individuals and families

  • Outstanding Organization: United Way of Frederick County (Frederick County)

For its Budget Coaching Program designed to help working families and individuals develop healthy financial habits and skill sets needed to achieve their financial wellness goals.

Each of the winners receives a $1,000 financial award made possible by the Woodside Foundation and the Maryland Society of Accounting and Tax Professionals (MSATP). The CASH Campaign of Maryland, MCEE and MSDE thank them all for their support.

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2023 Financial Education and Capability Award Winners:

  • Elementary School Teacher Award:  Karen Yancey, Marley Elementary School (Anne Arundel County) – For her consistent support of growing student knowledge and her commitment to bringing economic education to her school community.
  • Middle School Teacher Award: Amanda Price, Northern Middle School (Calvert County) – For incorporating financial education programs into Calvert County school classes and encouraging other teachers to embrace financial education.
  • High School Teacher Award: Kurt Marx, Stephen Decatur High School (Worcester County) – For getting to know his students’ motivations and interests and sharing with them the importance of financial education knowledge and how it will contribute to their success.
  • Community Champion:  Michelle Coates, Volunteer (Anne Arundel County) – For her work with youth and adults teaching them all aspects of building life financial skills and her support of advancing financial education in Maryland.
  • Outstanding Organization: Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc. Economic Mobility Program (Carroll County) – For developing dynamic programming and services, over the past 35 years, to address the root causes of poverty, while guiding low-income households to a path of self-sufficiency.
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