Jody Hoff is the vice-president and program administrator
for the Idaho Council on Economic Education in Boise, Idaho. Her responsibilities
include program development, delivery, and evaluation. She holds teaching
certificates in Economics, Mathematics, and Social Studies. Prior to
her work with the Idaho Council, Jody taught math and economics in Idaho
public schools. She began her work in curriculum development with PBS,
developing classroom lessons and activities in the area of mathematics
and technology. Jody is an advocate of the active learning model, incorporating
creative "experiences" into classroom lessons and activities.
She has been awarded teaching honors from the University of Idaho, the
Idaho Council on Economic Education, the National Teacher Training Institute,
and National Association of Economic Educators.
Sarapage McCorkle is the director of the Center for
Entrepreneurship and Economic Education at the University of Missouri-St.
Louis. Dr. McCorkle has taught economics for 31 years at the university.
She has written an economics textbook for K-8 teachers and over 17 economic
education curriculum units that focus on teaching economics, personal
finance, and entrepreneurship. She has twice received the Leavey Award
for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education and two national awards
in economic education. In recent years, Dr. McCorkle has taught economic
education to educators from countries of the Baltics, central and eastem
Europe, and the former Soviet Union.
Mary Suiter is the associate director of the Center
for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education at the University of Missouri-St.
Louis. Ms. Suiter served on the 10-member writing team for K-12 national
economics standards. Suiter has authored/co-authored numerous lessons
and curriculum units that are used nationally and internationally to
teach economics in the K-12 classroom. These include Zooeconomy: Zoo
Business, Arts Mart, Economics and Children's Literature, The Voyages
of Columbus: An Economic Enterprise, Kaleidoscope USA, The Economics
of Our Diverse Society, and Economics: Focus Middle School, Financial
Fitness for Life: Steps to Financial Fitness and Money Math: Lessons
for Life. Suiter developed stories and lessons for Wise Pockets World,
a web site for young children. She has conducted economic education
workshops nationally and internationally.
James Bettendorf is a veteran mathematics educator
who has worked for over 30 years in Minnesota's St. Cloud Area School
District. He has served on the district's staff development team as
well as Minnesota's Best Practices Network, a teacher association for
sharing exemplary teaching resources and expertise, and St. Cloud State
University. Mr. Bettendorf also worked as a specialist for the state's
Department of Children, Families and Learning. He is currently retired
but continues to work part time at the department.
Lisa Breidenbach teaches mathematics at Tecumseh Middle
School, Lafayette, Indiana. Ms. Breidenbach's varied experience includes
teaching sixth through twelfth grade mathematics, writing curriculum
materials, organizing and conducting professional development experiences,
and speaking at teacher conferences for the local to national levels.
Pamela Cornwell has taught middle school math at Pattonville School
District in St. Louis, MO for 12 years. She also serves as an adjunct
for the University of Missouri - St. Louis and teaches math methods
courses for elementary, middle school, and special education majors.