The Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE) and Publix Super Markets Charities announced the winners of the 33rd Annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Economics. The event was held on Friday, May 11, 2012, at the House of Blues in Orlando. Florida’s finest educators, as well as statewide business leaders were in attendance. Winners from Palm Beach County include:
First Place in Project Based Categories
Lisa Gilbert, Park Vista High School, Lake Worth
Second Place in Project Based Categories
Charlyn Miller, Palm Beach Lakes High School, West Palm Beach
Third Place in Project Based Categories
Lhisa Almashy, Park Vista High School, Lake Worth
Over 80 Kindergarten through 12th grade educators submitted materials and lesson plans to showcase their efforts in teaching economic principles to Florida’s students. In total, 30 outstanding educators were recognized for their innovation in teaching economics, free enterprise and financial literacy. The selection committee was overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of applications. Participating teachers won a variety of prizes for their extra efforts, and due to the generosity of Publix Super Markets Charities, every teacher in attendance and their guests enjoyed Cirque Du Soleil’s La Nouba.
The top honor of the day, the Charles Harper Economic Educator of the Year, is presented to a teacher who has contributed to improving economic education on a broader scale throughout their school or district. This year’s recipient was Dr. Antionette Wilcox from Polk County. Dr. Wilcox has been a leader in economics and personal finance for 34 years and is a mentor and instructor to her peers. She has distinguished herself as an award winning teacher who has remained steadfast over the many years to providing economic education to her students.
The Florida Council on Economic Education wishes to congratulate all the outstanding educators who were in attendance at the 2012 Governor’s Awards.
The mission of the Florida Council on Economic Education is to prepare Florida’s young people for personal and financial success through educational programs in economics, the free enterprise system and personal financial literacy so that they become productive members of the workforce, responsible consumers and wise investors. The Florida Council on Economic Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is funded by leading corporations and individuals throughout the state. The Florida Council is an affiliate of the Council for Economic Education.
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