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Stacey Vanek Smith (Global Economics Correspondant at NPR)

Stacey Vanek Smith

Global Economics Correspondant at NPR

Stacey Vanek Smith is a longtime public radio reporter and host, highly regarded for her insight and journalism on work, business, and economics. Stacey has served as a correspondent and host for NPR’s Planet Money and founding host of NPR’s daily podcast, The Indicator. Before coming to NPR, she worked at the national public radio show Marketplace. She is currently the Global Economics Correspondent for NPR. She is author of the book: Machiavelli For Women.

Joel Coleman (Teacher at Ubah Medical Academy)

Joel Coleman

Teacher at Ubah Medical Academy

Joel Coleman has taught social studies at Ubah Medical Academy in Hopkins, Minnesota since 2011. He currently teaches CIS Microeconomics, General Economics, US History, Psychology, Citizenship, as well as other elective courses. He graduated from St. John’s/St. Ben’s and holds a graduate degree from Concordia University. He enjoys teaching because of the “aha” moments students get as they connect what they learn in the classroom with what they have experienced in the world. Joel also enjoys connecting with the East African community at his school. He spends his free time with his two young boys and playing in an adult league soccer.

Austin Green (Teacher at Milton High School)

Austin Green

Teacher at Milton High School

Austin Green is a passionate, engaging, and caring teacher with 10 years of experience, including private and Title 1 schools. Currently teaching at Milton High School, Mr. Green has grown the AP Economics program to now include AP Micro. Mr. Green serves as a mentor teacher for the Foundation for Teaching Economics. In February 2023, Mr. Green was named the Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year. He is published in the Journal of Economics Teaching.

Matt Hill (Curriculum Designer at Marginal Revolution University)

Matt Hill

Curriculum Designer at Marginal Revolution University

Matt is a curriculum designer for MRU. Matt received his PhD in 2012 and since then he has been trying to get students excited about economics by teaching at a variety of universities (UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Occidental). He joined MRU in 2022 to bring that excitement to even more students.

Chandler Jordan (Program Director of South Carolina Council on Economic Education)

Chandler Jordan

Program Director of South Carolina Council on Economic Education

Chandler Jordan is the Program Director for the South Carolina Council on Economic Education. After being in the classroom for several years, she joined the Council and has truly enjoyed being able to share her passion for economics and personal finance with others. In addition, Chandler is an AP Reader, on the SC Jump$tart Board, and the SC Financial Literacy Board. In her free time, she cheers on the Gamecocks and enjoys exploring with her husband, Keach, and their pug, Kirby.

Mike Kaiman (Senior Economic Education Specialist at Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

Mike Kaiman

Senior Economic Education Specialist at Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Mike currently is a Senior Economic Education Specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Prior to joining the Fed this year he taught at Timberland High School in Wentzville, MO for 20 years teaching AP Macro and Micro, AP US History and Popular Culture in the 20th Century.

Megan Kirts (Director of Educator Programs at Econiful)

Megan Kirts

Director of Educator Programs at Econiful

Megan is a passionate economics educator with 17 years of classroom experience. She holds master’s degrees in Teaching and Teacher Education as well as Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators.