Date: November 13, 2008
Contact: Lindsay Gladstone
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, IL, November 13, 2008 – The Office of Economic Education at Governors State University was recently recognized at the 3M Economic Educator Award Luncheon in Chicago. Representatives from the Illinois Council on Economic Education and 3M presented Sheryl Szot Gallaher, Director of the Office of Economic Education at GSU, with a plaque honoring the 30th anniversary of the center.
Also presented with awards were teachers who have received economic education assistance and guidance from the GSU center. Rhea Lindeman, a teacher at Heritage Middle School in Lansing, received an Economic Education Excellence Award, which recognizes educators who have a sustained history of commitment and contribution to economic education.
Lauren Musielewicz, a teacher at Meadow Ridge School in Orland Park, received a first place Innovative Economic Educator Award which recognizes teachers who create and implement innovative projects that increase economic understanding. Sylvia Walter, a teacher at Wolcott School in Thornton, received an Innovative Economic Educator Honorable Mention Award.
“I am very proud of the work we accomplish,” said Gallaher. “Our job is to help further economic education in our schools and help teachers learn methods and develop the tools they need to teach their students. Recent events in our nation’s economy have illustrated how a sound understanding of economics is needed by every student.”
The Illinois Council on Economic Education and its centers are the premier providers in Illinois of economic education professional development programs for teachers, curriculum consulting, curriculum materials, and student economic education programs. The center at GSU is one of eight throughout Illinois.
For more information about the Office of Economic Education, call (708) 534-4926.