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About the St. Louis Fed's Economic Education Program

Resources by educators, for educators: We provide high-quality resources and professional development to improve instruction in pre-K through college classrooms. You can:

Get to know our team.


Jeannette Bennett, Memphis
Jeannette creates award-winning curricula and has an M.S.E. in educational administration. She brings valuable experience as a former teacher, administrator and adjunct professor.
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Contact Jeannette at 901-531-5108 or jeannette.n.bennett@stls.frb.org.


Kris Bertelsen, Little Rock
Kris has a Ph.D. in leadership studies and M.A. in economic education. He has served on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. He’s a dynamic speaker and former social studies teacher.
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Contact Kris at 501-324-8368 or kris.a.bertelsen@stls.frb.org.


Andrea Caceres-Santamaria, St. Louis
Andrea's M.A. is in economics and entrepreneurship education. She was a master teacher for the Florida Atlantic University Center for Economic Education.
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Contact Andrea at 314-444-8539 or andrea.caceres-santamaria@stls.frb.org.


Megan Cruz, Native American Outreach
Megan manages personal finance and economic education programs for tribal nations and Native communities. Her focus includes Federal Reserve supplier and career opportunities.
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Contact Megan at 415-971-7576 or megan.cruz@stls.frg.org.


Eva Johnston, St. Louis
Eva has an M.A. in education and 28-year career teaching high school history and economics.
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Contact Eva at 314-444-8567 or eva.k.johnston@stls.frb.org.


Andria Matzenbacher, St. Louis
Andria is a driving force behind our Econ Lowdown teacher portal, with an M.S. in instructional design and learning technologies and 10 years’ teaching experience.
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Contact Andria at 314-444-3741 or andria.l.matzenbacher@stls.frb.org.


Diego Mendez-Carbajo, St. Louis
Diego has a Ph.D. in economics and nearly 20 years’ experience at the university level. He’s passionate about promoting technology use in economic education.
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Contact Diego at 314-444-7488 or diego.mendez-carbajo@stls.frb.org.


David Perkis, Louisville
David has a Ph.D. in economics and is a former director of the Purdue Center for Economic Education. He's been recognized for incorporating experimental simulations in teaching.
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Contact David at 502-568-9257 or david.perkis@stls.frb.org.


Mary Suiter, Economic Education Officer
Mary has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction and M.A. in economic education. She has been active in economic education for 30+ years and is past president of the National Association of Economic Educators.
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Contact Mary at 314-444-4662 or mary.c.suiter@stls.frb.org.


Scott Wolla, St. Louis
Scott has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction and M.A. in economic education. He’s the face of our popular Economic Lowdown series. This former economics teacher was recently recognized by the National Association of Economic Educators.
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Contact Scott at 314-444-8624 or scott.a.wolla@stls.frb.org.

How can I use your free resources in my classroom?

Use the Econ Lowdown teacher portal

In our portal, you’ll find hundreds of ready-made economic and personal finance lessons for use at no cost. Formats include video, audio and reading Q&As with post-tests; online modules with pre- and post-tests; and FRED® interactives. You can sort by grade (K-2, 3-5, middle school, high school, and college) as well as subject, topic, language and duration.

  • Choose pre-made or custom syllabuses
  • Create online classrooms
  • Easily assign (and most often auto-grade!) student work

Use Canvas by Instructure

Our Econ Lowdown resources now integrate with Canvas by Instructure. Find over 400 no-cost teaching resources for elementary, middle, high school and college. You can assign and grade free online modules, videos, audio and readings with Q&A—right in the Canvas platform you’re familiar with.

Use Google Classroom

We’ve converted award-winning lessons to Google Docs and Google Slides so you can use them virtually with your students.

Use active-learning lessons and other content

The St. Louis Fed’s main website offers resources outside of the teacher portal. These include active-learning lessons for the classroom and lessons to accompany popular children’s books. Many are offered in PowerPoint or compatible with SMART/Promethean/Whiteboard. You’ll also find videos, podcasts, a glossary and timely articles. Use the filter on this page to drill down to the resources you need.

We also have resources for parents and Scout leaders!

Who creates these educational materials?

Our team has the best of both worlds: real-life teaching experience along with expertise in economics and personal finance. We are part of the St. Louis Fed’s highly respected economic Research division.

In our Econ Lowdown portal, you’ll find materials produced by our team, as well as by our colleagues at the Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Kansas City and Philadelphia Federal Reserve banks. We also offer resources from the Federal Reserve Board, the U.S. Currency Board and FINRA Foundation.

See some of our recent awards and published academic journal articles.

What professional development opportunities do you offer?

Earn credits: The St. Louis and Atlanta Federal Reserve banks offer online professional development opportunities. Choose from Graduate Credit, FRB Certification and CPDU Credit.

Join us at an upcoming event: Throughout the year, our team hosts a variety of free webinars and workshops.

Invite us to your district’s next PD day: From one hour to a full day, we can provide instruction in personal finance and/or economics free of charge. (Professional development workshops are limited to the Eighth District.) Email economiceducation@stls.frb.org.

What are other teachers saying?

I recently discovered how truly awesome Econ Lowdown is. Thanks for all of your work! My students are doing all sorts of activities with the program.
Sara S., Lakewood High School, Lakewood, Colo.

The AP Economics Conference was an excellent professional development. Both micro- and macroeconomics were covered. The topics were relevant, the teaching strategies were helpful, and the networking will allow me to grow as an AP economics teacher.
Tamra C., AP economics teacher, York High School, Elmhurst, Ill.

Your [presentation] was packed with mathematical, historical and economic information that fit perfectly with the goal of the institution: the development of real world mathematics problems.
Richard H., Director, CCMI 2015, Mississippi University for Women