Financial Literacy Education Awards

Congratulations to Maryland's 2022 Financial Education and Capability Award Winners

  • Elementary School Teacher or Program

Kelli Lewis, North Salisbury Elementary School (Wicomico County)

  • Middle School Teacher or Program

George Jerome, Arundel Middle School (Anne Arundel County)

  • High School Teacher Award

Jessie Moore, Atholton High School (Howard County)

  • Community Champion Award

Heath Carelock, Financial Empowerment Center at Prince George's Community College (Prince George's County)

  • Outstanding Organization Award

Maryland Department of Disabilities (Statewide)

  • Woodside Award

Walter "Skip" Lee, Anne Arundel County Public Schools (Anne Arundel County)


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)


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

​In May 2022, OneMain Financial and the Woodside Foundation provided three teachers and three community activists with a cash award of $1,000 to each recipient. The application for next year's award will be posted in January 2023.


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