Emma Goehner, a 10th grader at Blue Ridge Christian High School, won first place in the statewide high school division of the InvestWrite Competition in the Spring of 2019 for her essay on Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart. This contest is the second part of the Stock Market Game™ and InvestWrite® competition and is administered by the Virginia Council on Economic Education each year. Emma traveled to Richmond for an awards luncheon hosted by the Richmond Federal Reserve on the 23rd floor. She was also honored locally at James Madison University, where all of the regional recipients were honored. See the full story on Emma.



Indiana economic educator John Kruggel has been named to succeed Lynne Stover to lead the teacher outreach programs of the JMU Center for Economic Education. With funding from Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc., Kruggel will serve as Associate Director of the Center. Kruggel will conduct workshops, coordinate awards participation, develop economic lesson content and work with teachers one-on-one. Here’s a sketch on John Kruggel’s background:

John Kruggel graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Secondary Education in 2001. For his first teaching assignment he worked with the Indiana Council for Economic Education to create an award winning economics program in Haikou, China. John has over 15 years of teaching experience.

In 2010, he was one of six teachers in Indiana named an Indiana University Armstrong Teacher Educator. John has conducted numerous professional development workshops for elementary, middle and high school teachers throughout his school district. He has worked with the Indiana Council for Economic Education, as well as the IUPUI and ISU Centers for Economic Education, to organize and lead workshops throughout the state.

In 2017, he graduated from the Master of Arts in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators program at the University of Delaware. That same year John was named the Olin Davis Award winner for excellence in teaching economics in the state of Indiana. Most recently, he created a newsletter for economics, personal finance and business teachers in Indiana to help them integrate economics concepts covered in the news into the classroom. John has been married to his wonderful wife Heidi for nearly 10 years. Together they are the proud parents of Gabe (6) and Kathleen (4).

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Heidi, John, Gabe and Kathleen


Lynne Stover

Lynne Stover rings the bell for the opening of the GEM Fair’s marketplace.

Lynne Stover, associate director of JMU’s Center for Economic Education, has been selected by the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) to receive the Bessie B. Moore Service Award, the organization’s highest honor for economic education field work. Lynne will accept the award on October 5 at a national recognition luncheon in New York.

The Center for Economic Education is an outreach center of the JMU College of Business (CoB), promoting economic literacy in the Shenandoah Valley through teacher training and consultation. An educator with more than four decades of experience, Stover conducts teacher workshops and develops curriculum and activities to support the center’s mission. A frequent contributor to EconEdLink, she has published numerous articles and is a frequent presenter at regional, state and national educational conferences.

Stover, who joined JMU in 2005, helped create and implement the GEM Fair, an area-wide entrepreneurship fair for mini-economy classrooms. She also helped launch the statewide “Reading Makes Cent$” initiative, sponsored by the Virginia 529 College Savings Program, to promote economics and personal finance literacy among elementary school-aged children.

She has been an elementary school teacher, a gifted education specialist and a middle school librarian. She was honored in 2013 with the Friend of the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) Award. In 2006, she received NAEE’s Rookie of the Year Award.

In nominating Stover for the award, JMU economics professor William Wood praised her dedication to and passion for the field of economics education.

“Lynne is a creative educator, always on the lookout for new ways to teach students and other economic educators,” Wood wrote in a nomination letter. “She understands the power of face-to-face workshops and has excelled in that format … Because of her superb presentation skills, her hard work, and her genuine heart for other economic educators, her sessions have drawn large attendance and high ratings.”

william woodDr. William C. Wood of the SVEE-funded Center for Economic Education at JMU has been chosen to receive the top research award given by the National Association of Economic Educators. Wood will receive the Henry H. Villard Research Award, which the award charter says was “established to encourage and recognize outstanding contributions in economic education research.” NAEE will confer the award on Wood in Phoenix, AZ October 6 at the organization’s annual meeting, jointly held with the Council for Economic Education.

Wood credited SVEE’s partnership with making the award possible. “SVEE’s support of economic education has made it possible for me to work with great economic education field workers like Martha Hopkins, Joan Harper and Lynne Stover. It has made all the difference — having their reactions and their experience to draw from.”

Wood’s publications in economic education span a period of more than 30 years, beginning with “The Educational Potential of News Coverage of Economics,” published in the field’s leading journal, The Journal of Economic Education, in 1985. Wood has since published scholarly work with 22 different coauthors, four of whom were JMU undergraduates in honors or independent study programs. His work includes the U.S. economic history textbook Economic Episodes in American History (with Mark C. Schug) and an antitrust study published by The MIT Press (with Kenneth G. Elzinga).