Teacher Spotlight



Alice Parks was named the 2018 2nd Place K-5 Winner for the Personal Financial Literacy Category at last May’s Governor’s Award Program For Excellence in Teaching Economics program for her project, “Building Houses: A STEM Project”. Alice has long been an active elementary educator locally in St. Lucie County at Francis K. Sweet Elementary and her work made her stand out among her peers as someone who truly enjoys working with young children and understands how to incorporate economics and personal finance into her existing lessons.

Her winning lesson, asked students to read, “The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs” and then working in cooperative groups, build homes using different materials. Some withstood the strong winds and others did not! Students then had to discuss using alternative goods and materials to rebuild until they constructed a safe structure. Congrats Alice!

SchoolFrances K. Sweet Elementary

School District: St. Lucie

Subject: All

Grade Level: 2nd Grade

Number of Years Teaching: 22

When did you know you wanted to be a teacher? When I began working at an elementary school as a general office aide

If you weren’t teaching what would you do? I can’t think of doing anything else besides teaching because it’s my passion.

What’s your favorite topic to teach? Reading

What’s the hardest topic to teach? Science

Why do you think Economics and Personal Finance are important to learn? Students need to understand the importance of needs and wants at a young age.

How has the FCEE impacted your teaching? It has allowed me to use the resources from FCEE to enhance my teaching ideas

What’s your favorite FCEE resource or program? The activity books and ideas

What advice would you give to a first-year economics or personal finance teacher? To make learning economics interesting and fun for students using activities that will keep students engaged.

What do you like to do for fun outside of school? Spending time with my family and shopping!

What’s one thing your students may not know about you? That I enjoy fishing with my husband.