The NFEC awards the Financial Education Instructor of the Year award to those that represents the best practices in personal finance. Read about past award recipients below and nominate yourself or someone else by visiting the Financial Education Instructor of the Year page.

2011 Financial Education Instructor of the Year recipient: Diane Larsen is an award winning economics teacher that conducts the Certified Financial Education Instructor training for the NFEC. Larsen also conducts the adult and teen education programs. Diane was honored as the NFEC’s Financial Education Instructor of the Year (2011), Jump$tart Coalition Outstanding Educator of the Year Award in 2008 and her students have won the statewide Stock Market Simulation 3 years with the latest victory in 2012. Her students have been placed in the top 1% medalists’ category and in the top 25% national ranking in the Financial Literacy Challenge in ’08 and ’09 and her team of 4 students left the State Economics Challenge in 5th place this spring ’09.

Larsen has been selected by the Council for Economic Education and the U.S. State Department to travel as an ambassador to South Africa to offer her expertise in the area of economic education and financial literacy. Diane is a UCLA graduate with dual majors and minors who developed and taught the Economic Geography course at Mater Dei High School for a dozen years before accepting the assignment of teaching senior Economics as well as Business Economic Education and Business Law.

2010 Financial Education Instructor of the Year recipient: Elisabeth Donati is the founder of Creative Wealth International, Camp Millionaire and Creative Wealth for Women workshops. Donati started The Money Camp in 2002 and after two years of conducting summer programs she realized the problem she was attempting to solve was a global and her energy focused on developing programs that could help.

Elisabeth is an expert in the field of financial education for and her material is designed around accelerated learning principles which consists of games, activities and role-playing. Her latest creation, the Money Game, is already in multiple countries globally and creating a measurable impact on the financial capabilities of our youth.