Financial Literacy Education Awards 2017

2 men and 2 women holding certificates pose with State legislators in the front of the Maryland General Assembly

Congratulations to Maryland’s 2017 Financial Education and Capability Award Winners

  • Elementary School Teacher Award

    Taylor Estes; Princess Anne Elementary School (Somerset County)
  • Middle School Teacher Award

    Joseph DeStefanis; Margaret Brent Middle School, Mechanicsville (St. Mary’s County)
  • High School Teacher Award

    Nicole Cathirell; New Town High School, Owings Mills (Baltimore County)
  • Community Champion Award (Individual Educator)

    Tisa Silver Canady; University of Maryland, Baltimore (Baltimore City)
  • Outstanding Organization Award

    MakingChange; (Howard County)


Video: Meet winners of the 2017 Financial Education and Capability Awards. This 4th annual celebration in Annapolis honors those who teach, volunteer, and administer Financial Education programs across Maryland. Note: Nicole Cathirell of New Town HS in Baltimore County won as well, but was unable to attend.

The Financial Education and Capability Awards Program highlights 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 2017.

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