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Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction
University of Missouri, St. Louis

M.A. Economic Education
University of Delaware

B.S. Economics
University of Missouri, St. Louis


Contact Info

Phone: (314) 444-4662
Fax: (314) 444-8350
Email: mary.c.suiter@stls.frb.org

Research Division
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
P.O. Box 442
St. Louis, MO 63166-0442

For media inquiries contact:
Maria Hasenstab
mediainquiries@stls.frb.org
Phone: (314) 444-8321

Mary Suiter

Assistant Vice President and Economic Education Officer

Mary Suiter has been active in economic education for more than 30 years. At the St. Louis Fed, she leads a talented team of educators who develop award-winning educational resources for use with Pre-K through adult audiences and provide professional development for educators.

Prior to joining the St. Louis Fed, Suiter was director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education at the University of Missouri–St. Louis for 3 years and associate director for 10 years. She is past president of the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) and served on the writing committee for the first edition of the Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics and the National Standards for Financial Literacy. She has authored and co-authored numerous social studies and personal finance curricula, including Financial Fitness for Life:  Steps to Financial Fitness, The Great Depression Curriculum, Money Math:  Skills for Life, Cards, Cars, and Currency, and It’s Your Paycheck.

Selected Publications and Creative Works

"Production Profit and Loss" Lesson. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 2019.

"FREDcast: Economic Forecasting Game" (with Diego Mendez-Carbajo). The Journal of Economic Education 49 (3), pp. 296-296, July 2018.

"Personal Finance Education for Young Children: Why Isn’t It Happening? What Needs to Be Done?" (with Bonnie Meszaros) in Financial Literacy for Children and Youth, edited by Thomas A. Lucey & Kathleen S. Cooter. Peter Lang Publishing, 2018.

"What Makes Money, Money?" (with Bonnie Meszaros) in Teaching the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework: Part Two, edited by S. G. Grant, Johns Lee, and Kathy Swan. National Council for the Social Studies, 2018.

"Home and School Connections to Inspire Children’s Economic Thinking" (with Bonnie Meszaros) in Innovations in Economic Education: Promising Practices for Teachers and Students K-16, edited by Mary Beth Henning. Taylor & Francis, 2016.

"Resources for educators from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis" (with Keith Taylor) The Journal of Economic Education 47 (1), pp. 71-75, January 2016.

"The Changing Landscape of K–12 Personal Finance Education" in Financial Literacy Education: Addressing Student, Business, and Government Needs, edited by Jay Liebowitz. Taylor and Francis, 2015.

"What Makes Something Useful as Money?" Exploring Economics Video. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 2015.

"The Economics of Infrastructure" Exploring Economics Video. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 2014.

"The St. Louis Fed offers economic and financial education: Resources for librarians" with Katrina Stierholz, College & Research Libraries News 75(2). Association of College & Research Libraries, February 2014

Comparative Advantage, Cards, Cars, and Currency, It’s Your Paycheck, The Story of Unemployment, Currency Exchange, In Plain English online courses, with Barb Flowers, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis 2011-2012.

"Data and Primary Source Documents for Social Studies Classrooms from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis," with Katrina Stierholz, Social Education 75 (2), National Council for the Social Studies, March/April 2011.

"The Federal Reserve in the Elementary Classroom," with Lyndlee Mabry, Social Studies and the Young Learner 22 (3), National Council for the Social Studies, 2010.

"The Great Depression" Curriculum (with Dawn Conner et al.). Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 2008.

"Financial Foundations for Kansas Kids" (with Barbara Flowers). Kansas Council on Economic Education, 2006.

The Wide World of Trade (with Sarapage McCorkle, Bonnie Meszaros, & Michael Watts), National Council on Economic Education, 2003.

"Money Math: Lessons for Life" Curriculum (with Sarapage McCorkle). U.S. Department of the Treasury, 2001.

Financial Fitness for Life: Steps to Financial Fitness. National Council on Economic Education, 2001.

Voluntary National Standards in Economics, with Bonnie Meszaros, et al. National Council on Economic Education, 1999.

"The Case for Economics in the Elementary Classroom," wtih B. Meszaros, The Region. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. 1998.

Selected Presentations

"Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Resources for Teaching Economics," Agriculture and Applied Economics Association Post Conference: Supporting Macroeconomic Literacy. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, July 2014.

"Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Resources for Teaching Economics and Personal Finance" Workshop, University of Delaware, July 2014.

"Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Resources and SIFMA Partnership," Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Symposium, June 2014.

"Results of a financial education intervention program," AEA Conference on Teaching and Research in College Economics, May 2014.

U.S. Train the Writers Program, Council for Economic Education, St. Louis, Missouri 2014.

Economics and Children’s Literature Workshops, Minnesota Council on Economic Education, 2011, 2007, 2005.

Economics and Children’s Literature Workshops, Purdue Center for Economic Education, 2012, 2010, 2008.

International Train the Writers Program, National Council for Economic Education, 1998-2011.

International Train the Trainers in Economics Program, National Council for Economic Education, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003.

Ukrainian/U.S. Teacher Exchange Program. National Council for Economic Education, 1996.

Professional Memberships, Awards, Service

National Association of Economic Educators John C. Schramm Leadership Award, 2019

University of Missouri-St. Louis Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award, 2018

National Association of Economic Educators James O'Neill Economic Education Multiplier Award, 2018

National Association of Economic Education and Council for Economic Education Abbejean Kehler Technology Award, 2015

University of Delaware Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics Alumni Association Alumni Award of Excellence 2013

National Association of Economic Educators executive committee, 1993-1996 and 2010-2013

National Association of Economic Educators and Council on Economic Education, Patricia K. Elder International Award, 2010

American Economics Association, 2006-present

St. Louis Council for Economic Education board member, 2000-present

National Association of Economic Educators President, 1995

National Association of Economic Educators and Council for Economic Education, Bessie B. Moore Leadership Award, 1995.

National Council for the Social Studies, 1990-present

National Association of Economic Educators, 1985-present