SC Economics Teacher of the Year 2016-17

Yvonne Strange

Chapin Intermediate School

Yvonne Strange is a fifth grade math and science teacher at Chapin Intermediate School. Mrs. Strange is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and is a National Board Certified teacher with twenty six years in the classroom. For the past twelve years, she has specialized in gifted education in mathematics. She currently serves as lead AGP Math teacher for Lexington Richland 5 and is a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Mrs. Strange is a passionate advocate for economic education and financial literacy, which begins in her classroom. Mrs. Strange’s students participate in a financial education program as part of the math curriculum during which they build their own portfolios in the Stock Market Game. At the end of each semester, students conduct additional research on a company within their portfolio and compose an analytical essay for the InvestWrite competition, an interdisciplinary writing contest that links experience from the Stock Market Game to the real world of investing. According to Mrs. Strange, “Since 21st century graduates are supposed to persevere, problem solve, and use critical thinking for their future jobs, this program gives them an opportunity to work on those critical math skills.” The effectiveness of Mrs. Strange’s instruction in economics and financial literacy is reflected in the success of her students. For two consecutive years, Mrs. Strange has advised two NATIONAL InvestWrite Winners (1st and 2nd place, respectively). Additionally, her students have also taken prizes for the Stock Market Game, Capitol Hill Challenge, and the Economic Concepts Poster Contest.

The desire to help others is a family affair for the Stranges. Mrs. Strange is married to an educator, social studies teacher Coach Strange at Chapin High School. They have two sons, Steven who is majoring in Finance at Coastal Carolina University and Jake, a senior at Chapin High School who is planning to pursue a career in law enforcement after college. Mrs. Strange’s hobbies include gardening, boating on Lake Murray, photography, and leading a youth Bible study group. Hats off to Mrs. Yvonne Strange for her dedication to fostering economic literacy in her classroom and creating college, career, and civic ready youngsters who are prepared to flourish in the future!