The Kansas Council for Economic Education periodically awards recognition to the Educator of the Year and a Distinguished Fellow. During the Annual Board Meeting held, Thursday, December 18th in Topeka the Kansas Council for Economic Education announced the recipients of two awards.
The Educator of the Year is awarded to a Kansas Teacher who engages their students to learn economic and personal finance literacy through the experiential learning programs offered through KCEE.
This year’s recipient is Virginia Hammes.
Ms. Hammes is a strong supporter of KCEE’s mission and takes the extra step to make sure she fits economics and personal finance in her gifted classroom.
Ms. Hammes is always one of the first to get involved in something being offered at KCEE, even if it requires three hours of early morning driving just to get there.
She has become a fixture at all KCEE middle school events and online competitions such as LifeSmarts, Stock Market Game, Economics Challenge and Personal Finance Challenge. Her students are always well prepared and perform very well at all events so we see her frequently at the KCEE Regional Awards Banquet.
Ms. Hammes holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Valparaiso University, a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education from Indiana State University, a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Gifted Education) from the University of Kansas.
The Distinguished Fellow Award is given to an individual who has distinguished themselves as a supporter of economic and personal finance literacy through their involvement with KCEE.
This year’s Distinguished Fellow is Dr. C. Clyde Jones.
Dr. C. Clyde Jones has a long history with the Kansas Council for Economic Education. His first appointment was as Field Director for the Council on September 19, 1961. Ed Rolfs, Vice President of the Central National Bank in Junction City made the motion. “It was understood that the position is for a minor fraction of Dr. Jones’ time.” Dr. Jones was listed as a guest of the executive committee meeting that day.
Dr. Jones attended the Field Directors Conference in Miami, FL and made a report at the November, 9, 1961 Annual Meeting of the Kansas Council for Economic Education. In his report, he suggested the creation of “special experimental courses in Economics in high schools, development of an in-service training program for public school teachers and development of materials for economic education at all levels.”
On December 15, 1961, Dr. Jones was listed as Executive Secretary. He served on the nominating committee in 1962 and was chosen to serve as Secretary on October 30, 1962.
December 3, 1964, Dr. Jones was nominated as Vice President for the Kansas Council for Economic Education.
December, 4 1965, Dr. Jones was selected as President of the Kansas Council for Economic Education.
Dr. Jones has continued to be a supporter of the Kansas Council for Economic Education.
Dr. Jones earned his PhD in History and Economics from Northwestern University. He came to K-State in 1960 to head the Department of Business Administration. He was the first Dean of K-State’s College of Business Administration.
KCEE has served Kansas since 1959. It is an affiliate of the international Council for Economic Education. KCEE is affiliated with the six public universities in Kansas and is hosted by the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University.
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