Educator of the Year

KCEE Teacher of the Year

Submit Nominees by September 30th


Winners will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and recognition!

The Kansas Council for Economic Education recognizes educators who actively engage their students in economics and personal finance.  If you know a teacher that stands out in this area, please nominate them to receive this recognition.  There will be four awards winners in all. The deadline to receive nominations is tentatively set for September 30th so be sure to mark your calendar to submit your nomination!  Teachers nominated will be contacted to submit additional information.  If your nominee is selected, both you and the nominee will be notified.

New for 2017:  We will be honoring four Kansas K-12 teachers that go above and beyond in teaching financial literacy and economics.  We will honor one K-6th grade educator and one 7th-12th grade educator in both topic categories.

ECONOMIC EDUCATOR AWARDS:  These two award winners will be announced in October.  They will also be considered for the 2017 Kansas Council for the Social Studies Educator of the Year.  Winners will be recognized at the Kansas State Social Studies Conference in Wichita on November 5 at a reception on Sunday night.

FINANCIAL LITERACY EDUCATOR AWARDS:  This is the first year we have recognized awards winners in this topic.  The winners for 2017 K-6 and 7-12 will be announced in October and recognized at their schools.  We will do our best to acknowledge these teachers at their conferences.




Teachers may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a peer, school administrator, curriculum specialist, community or business representative or a director of a Center for Economic Education.

Please complete the form online at the KCEE website.  Click on the ABOUT tab and then AWARDS or click on the link at to nominate an educator for this award.  The teacher who have been nominated will be contacted to provide additional information to complete the process.

2016 Economic Educator of the Year

Congratulations to Tony Budetti, Shawnee Mission South High School for being selected as the 2016 Economic Educator of the Year!Gold Trophy

The Kansas Council for Economic Education is excited to award Mr. Budetti as this year’s award recipient. Mr. Budetti is a champion for economic education. Each year his students have exhibited a strong knowledge of the subject but they have also show an excitement for economic education that is obviously a result of his love of economics and teaching.

His gift includes a $100 gift card and a free trip to the 2017 Kansas State Social Studies Conference in Wichita.

BIO:  Tony Budetti teaches at Shawnee Mission South High School, where he is in his 23rd year of teaching. He has taught AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics for the last 8 years at Shawnee Mission South, and also teaches Advanced Placement American Government. He has undergrad degrees from the University of Florida (Political Science), and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (History, Secondary Education). His graduate work was completed at the University of Kansas (MPA). His teaching career includes positions at Wyandotte, and Shawnee Mission Northwest before heading to Shawnee Mission South.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Budetti is the coach for the girls basketball team at Shawnee Mission Northwest and enjoys sponsoring student activities and clubs at South. His Economics Challenge teams have enjoyed success competing at the State of Kansas event hosted by the Kansas Council for Economic Education, in conjunction with Wichita State University. His teams have won the Kansas Championship title twice, and have had a second place showing as well. Shawnee Mission South has also had 2 students win the highest individual score.

Mr. Budetti is married to his wife Marty. They have three children: Sam, Julia, and Ava.

2015 Economic Educator of the Year

Virginia Hammes – Indian Woods Middle School (Now at Turner Middle/High Schools)