Congratulations to our alumna Emily Anderson ’04, recently given the Economic Educator Excellence Award by the Minnesota Council on Economics Education after previously being a finalist for the state Teacher of the Year award.
After several changes of major while a student at Bethel, Anderson found a home in the Social Studies Education 5-12 program and went on to add a master’s at Bethel. In addition to economics, Anderson teaches U.S. government courses at Blaine High School. She talked with ABC Newspapers about the importance of forging connections with her students:
To be able to be part of their lives and impact their lives is the most rewarding… I love that the subject matter is something that we can make connections to in their lives and show them the relevance — like opportunity cost. I spend a lot of time trying to get them to see the significance of [economic concepts].
Anderson’s principal at Blaine, John Phelps, called her an “extraordinary educator,” citing “her enthusiasm, knowledge, willingness to search for better teaching techniques, and modeling of her passion for learning.”