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New Rochelle Teacher Darren Gurney Honored For Economic Teaching

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Darren Gurney, a New Rochelle High School teacher, is among three of the winners of the Council for Economic Education's 2nd Annual Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Awards that honors three outstanding economics educators in the New York metropolitan area.

Demonstrating innovative teaching methods, lesson plans and learning strategies, these teachers are raising the bar for economic education in the New York metropolitan area, and will receive the Sloan Award at CEE’s annual Visionary Awards gala on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Darren Gurney teaches his students at New Rochelle High School about incentives, inflation, business formation, consequences of debt, and other microeconomic concepts using a monetary system he created called the “Gurney Greenback Exchange.” He is also the founder and adviser of the New Rochelle High School economics team.

Amanda Tombari, a 12th grade teacher at Clarkstown South High School in West Nyack, N.Y., cites “keeping it real” as her primary strategy for engaging students, relating economic content to their own lives.

Kathleen O’Hagan, a 4th-grade teacher at P.S. 97/The Highlawn School in Brooklyn, developed a passion for teaching economics after attending CEE’s professional development workshops.

The honorees will each receive a $5,000 prize, and their school will receive a cash award of $2,500 to support economic and financial education. They will also be offered the opportunity to share best practices with their colleagues by co-facilitating a training workshop.  

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