Financial Literacy Education Awards

Congratulations to Maryland’s 2021 Financial Education
and Capability Award Winners

  • Elementary School Teacher or Program

    Gerri Otto, Baltimore County Public Schools

  • Middle School Teacher or Program

    Carol Schaper, Sykesville Middle School (Carroll County)

  • High School Teacher Award

    Michael Baker, Crossland High School (Prince George’s County)

  • Community Champion Award

    Jesse M. Ketterman, University of Maryland Extension (Allegany County)

  • Outstanding Organization Award

    Financial Education Partnership of Washington County (FEPWC)


Congratulations to Maryland’s 2020 Financial Education
and Capability Award Winners

  • Elementary School Teacher or Program

    Florence Falatko, Cromwell Valley Elementary Magnet School (Baltimore County)

  • Middle School Teacher or Program

    Charles Emerson, Vanguard Collegiate Middle School (Baltimore City)

  • High School Teacher Award

    Austin Hill, Edgewood High School (Harford County)

  • Community Champion Award

    Ambus Hunter, CASH Volunteer (Parkville, Baltimore County)

  • Outstanding Organization Award

    Bank On Gaithersburg, (Montgomery County)

  • NEW: The Woodside Award

    Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, (Statewide)

The Financial Education and Capability Awards Program highlight the dedication and success of public school teachers and community champions. Recognition of public school teachers is tied to the Maryland State Curriculum for Personal Financial Literacy Education, which was created under the leadership of the Maryland State Department of Education and mandated for implementation in local school systems beginning in September of 2011. 

Awards are given in the following categories:

  • ​Elementary School Teacher or Program
  • Middle School Teacher or Program
  • High School Teacher or Program
  • Community Champion Award
  • Outstanding Organization Award

​Each award winner receives a certificate and $1,000 in cash. Private funds were raised through OneMain Financial and The Woodside Foundation to provide four $1,000 awards. The application for next year's award will be posted in December 2019.

Maryland State Department of Education. Maryland CASH Campaign. Maryland Council on Economic Education. OneMain Financial.


For more information on Personal Financial Literacy Education in Maryland please contact:
Marquita Friday
Director of Career Programs
Career and Technology Education Instructional Branch
Maryland State Department of Education
Division of Career and College Readiness
410-767-0183 voice, 410-333-8666 fax
marquita.friday@maryland.gov