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Educator Recognition and Award Opportunities

Maryland is fortunate to be the home of many talented and dedicated educators.  The Maryland Council on Economic Education proudly supports the educators and is proud to promote programs and opportunities that recognize and honor inspirational and innovative educators. 

Maryland 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.

Together with the CASH Campaign of Maryland, the Maryland State Department of Education, MCEE is pleased to offer an annual award in each of the following categories. 

  •           Public Elementary School Teacher Award
  •           Public Middle School Teacher Award
  •           Public High School Teacher Award
  •           Community Champion (Volunteer or Staff)
  •           Outstanding Organization

This prestigious award is accompanied by state wide recognition and a $1,000 cash prize.  The 2023 Financial Education and Capability Awards Program were generously sponsored by the Maryland Society of Accounting and Tax Professionals and the Woodside Foundation.

The Nomination Process for the 2023 Awards is now Closed!

Please join us in celebrating the 2023 Winners

  • Public Elementary School Teacher:  Karen Yancey, Marley Elementary, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
  • Public Middle School Teacher:  Amanda Price, Northern Middle School, Calvert County Public Schools
  • Public High School Teacher:  Kurt Marx, Stephen Decatur High School, Worcester County Public Schools
  • Community Champion: Michelle Coates, Annapolis/Anne Arundel Financial Education Coalition
  • Outstanding Organization:  Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc.

2023 Awards Program Video

John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Awards

Each year the national Council for Economic Education (CEE) recognizes three national educators with the John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Awards.  This award promotes excellence in economic education at the K-12 level by honoring inspirational teachers whose innovative teaching concepts improve and stimulate economic understanding in and out of their classrooms and achieve results.  The awards program is open to any subjects.  Any eligible teacher may use a self-nomination process or a teacher may be nominated by other teachers, department chairs, principals, superintendents, and state councils on economic education.

Awards are offered to one teacher in the following categories:

           Elementary school (grades K-4)

           Middle/junior high school (grades 5-8)

           High school (grades 9-12)

Each award winner receives a check for $1,000 and special recognition at the national Council on Economic Education's Annual Financial Literacy & Economic Education Conference (including all registration and covered travel expenses to attend the conference)

The application process typically begins in the spring and early summer each year.  More information can be found at https://www.councilforeconed.org/programs-2/teacher-awards-3/

Ravens Touchdown for Teachers

The Baltimore Ravens Touchdown for Teachers program, presented by M&T Bank, recognizes three teachers annually for outstanding service to their schools and communities.  A teacher may self-nominate or be nominated by another teacher or community member.  The grand prize winner will receive a $4,000 grant for their school and a school visit by a Ravens player, Poe, and Cheerleaders.  Two additional winners will receive a $1,000 grant for their school.

The top 3 teachers will be selected based on one or more of the following:

  • Amount of involvement in the school and/or community.
  • Degree of positive impact on the school and/or community.
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to education in the school and/or community.

The nomination/application period typically begins in late February/early April each year.   More information and the application can be found at


Click here for more information about the process and eligibility requirements.


Timeline for the 2024 Awards

Nominations Accepted:  Late fall 2023 - January 2024

Winners Selected and Notified: Mid-February 2024

Announcement and Recognition of Winners:  Awards Ceremony will take place in spring of 2024.

Congratulations to our 2022 Award Winners

  • Public Elementary School Teacher:  Kelli Lewis, North Salisbury Elementary, Wicomico County Public Schools
  • Public Middle School Teacher:  George Jerome, Arundel Middle School, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
  • Public High School Teacher:  Jessie Moore, Atholton High School, Howard County Public Schools
  • Community Champion: Heath Carelock, Financial Empowerment Center at Prince George's Community College
  • Outstanding Organization:  Maryland Department of Disabilities, Assistive Technology Program
  • Woodside Award:  Walter "Skip" Lee, Annapolis / Anne Arundel Financial Education Coalition
View the complete 2022 Virtual Awards Program program here.

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