Trade Talk: Council lauds Santa Fe's economics teacher, program
EDMOND — Unbeknownst to one another initially, two students at Edmond Santa Fe High School lobbied hard a few years ago for an Advanced Placement (AP) economics class — which came to fruition last fall.
As a sort of crowning achievement, the students’ beloved instructor, Megan Shadid, last week was named teacher of the year by the Oklahoma branch of the 65-year-old, New York-based Council on Economic Education.
At the award presentation Friday, Shadid turned the attention to her 38 AP economics students.
"I believe you guys deserve this award. You’re the ones who wanted to get the class started. You applied yourselves to a difficult topic, and I was just along for the ride,” she said.
Amy Welch, executive director of the Oklahoma Council, applauded Santa Fe for "what hopefully will become a lasting legacy." AP economics classes are dwindling, Welch said. There are only 27 schools statewide that offer the class, but all three high schools in Edmond now do, she said.
Said graduating Santa Fe senior and advocate Boris Ganchev, “I’m into finances and politics, and economics is foundational to both of those.”
Added junior and fellow advocate Joshua Zhu, “Economics should be as much a part of the basics, as reading, writing and math. If our society worldwide has a more intelligent understanding of economics, we can avoid a recession through education alone."
Honoree Shadid, who’s moving to Olathe, Kansas, said she leaned on peers at Edmond’s two other high schools, College Board curriculum, and “super relevant” training from the Council on Economic Education.
Council board member Chelsea Bradshaw of Citizens Bank of Edmond said her bank is proud to provide such training.
“Otherwise, a lot of social studies or science teachers assigned to teach economics or personal finance may not have the knowledge or confidence to teach,” Bradshaw said.
At Friday's ceremony, Santa Fe Principal Jason Hayes thanked Shadid for her service and assured students that, despite her departure, AP Economics will be offered again at Santa Fe next year.