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John Kessler

Director of Professional Development, Indiana University – Purdue University Center for Economic Education


John Kessler is a continuing lecturer of economics and the Director of the Center for Economic Education at Purdue University Fort Wayne in northeast Indiana. In 2010 and 2012 he won the Peter V. Harrington award for best university-based economic education center in Indiana. He has worked with the Gus A. Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University on their Common Sense Economics program and as the Chief Academic Officer for Certell, Inc., which offers online courses in economics for teacher professional development and homeschool students. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and his master’s at the University of Delaware in Economics and Entrepreneurship Education. Originally from Arizona, he served on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Council for the Social Studies and the Arizona Society of Economics Teachers. John has taught US History, Government, and Economics at the secondary level and was voted the Rookie of the Year by the Arizona Society of Economics Teachers. He has worked as an economics education consultant for the National Council on Economic Education, Arizona Council on Economic Education and the National Academy Foundation. In 2005, he traveled to Romania on an NCEE study tour to explore their transition from a command to a market economy. Prior to becoming a teacher, John worked as a liaison for Senator John McCain and was a trumpet player in the 1st Marine Division Band.