Village Green Environmental Studies School Teacher Wins First Place in Florida Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics

Jacqueline Harris, a First grade teacher at Village Green Environmental Studies School won 1st Place in the Out-of-the-Box category in the 35th Annual Florida Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics. Mrs. Harris’ project focused on incorporating Social Studies across the curriculum where her First grade students created a mini café and gift shop called the Primary Kidz Café with a classroom mini factory with assembly lines and was given the opportunity to work with two Ninth grade volunteers which they rarely have the chance to do. The First graders learned about goods and services, buying and selling goods, the importance of using money to obtain or trade goods and saving money using banking services.  The students used real foods on the assembly line and designed T-shirts, bags, socks, flower pots, face masks, canvas pouches and hand puppets which they sold in the class gift shop to Kindergarten and First grade students who used their Manatee Moolas to make purchases. Her students were all excited and had a great time learning. She also gives credit for such a successful project to her wonderful group of students, her First grade team members and her highly supportive and caring administrators Ms. Aretha Vernette and Lauren Geisler. In 2011, Mrs. Harris, then teaching First grade at Samuel Gaines Academy won 2nd Place in the Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century category in the 32nd Annual Florida Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics.