Left to right: BB&T Senior Vice President Randy Weaver, Lisa Lamb (winner), State Superintendent June Atkinson.


May 26, 2010

GREENSBORO - BB&T Senior Vice President Randy Weaver presented the Economics Educator of the Year Award today to Lisa Lamb, Social Studies teacher at Holly Springs High School, on behalf of the North Carolina Council on Economic Education.

Lamb is a Civics and Economics teacher and was presented the award for her efforts to promote economic and financial literacy. Since goals 7, 8 and 9 of the C&E Standard Course of study focus on principles of economics, and nearly 40% of the questions on the End of Course exam contain economics based questions, Mrs. Lamb instituted a program called "Financial Literacy Fridays" in which she dedicates each Friday's class to an aspect of economics related to the unit currently being studied throughout the entire semester. Mrs. Lamb incorporates the Stock Market Game, Virtual Economics, Hands on Banking, and an independent financial literacy project called "That's Life." Through participation in this project, students learn to prepare and pay for college by utilizing the CFNC web site. Students must create a plan for paying for college without their parents' help. They also choose a career, find housing, purchase cars, learn about interest and income taxes, budgeting and bill paying; insurance; and credit cards and loans and plans for repaying debt.

The Economics Educator of the Year Award is designed to identify, support, and honor teachers who use innovative techniques for students to learn economics, business, and financial literacy. This year's winner, Lamb, won $2,500 from the BB&T Charitable Foundation. This award is presented annually by the North Carolina Council on Economic Education, a non-profit organization that provides free professional development and training through workshops, seminars, and university-based courses for teachers statewide. The Council also sponsors statewide competitions that foster interest in economics and financial literacy as well as enhance the learning experience. They work with the NC Department of Public Instruction to distribute standards-based curricula.