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Rudy Sumpter and Dr. Joan Bludorn at CCEE conference where he received his award

Rudy Sumpter named Enterprising Teacher of the Year

Business teacher honored by the Colorado Council for Economic Education (CCEE)

Monarch High School teacher Rudy Sumpter is the recipient of the 2015 CCEE Enterprising Teacher of the Year Award.

Sumpter has taught Accounting, Business, Economics, and Marketing for 15 years after earning his Master’s in Business Economics at State University of New York College at Oneonta. He has been a catalyst for the development of strong business/marketing programs in Colorado and works nationally on MBA Research & Curriculum Center’s PD Team. He established a High School of Business™ program at Monarch in 2008 and worked with a local sponsor to establish a school-based credit union.

“We feel so fortunate to have Rudy Sumpter at Monarch High School,” said Jerry Lee Anderson, PhD, Principal of Monarch High School. “He is an inspirational teacher who gets students excited about learning through simulations, chats with experts, field experiences, student small business start-ups, and so many other strategies that make the textbook come to life.”

Sumpter’s business program and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) student organization are part of BVSD’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center’s Business Administration program at Arapahoe Campus.

"Rudy Sumpter has the innovative business thinking that students in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recognize and are attracted to as they seek their own business interest while still in high school," said Joan Bludorn, EdD, CTE Director and Principal of Arapahoe Campus.

Rudy was presented with a plaque and a $2,000 award (sponsored in part by Great-West Financial) at the 28th annual Colorado Council for the Social Studies Conference in April. On the program information about Sumpter at the event, the CCEE said they were “proud to acknowledge the talents, accomplishments and passion of such a fine educator.”

Colorado Council for Economic Education: Investing in Students by Training Teachers
The Colorado Council for Economic Education works to promote and improve economic and personal financial literacy for K-12 students in all of Colorado’s public, private and parochial schools.

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