Seasoned professionals in economics education
David Martin, Ph.D
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As Executive Director of the Georgia Council on Economic Education, a post he's held since 1982, Dr. David Martin's work is helping teachers teach economics in the public and independent schools of Georgia. This includes coordinating the efforts of 12 college and university-based Centers of Economic Education across Georgia that help with economic education training and programming. The Council also collaborates with virtually every other organization in Georgia with economics-related programming. Dr. Martin also coordinates all of GCEE's fundraising efforts.
Prior to joining GCEE, Dr. Martin was an instructor in the U.S. Army, taught social studies at Sprayberry High School in Cobb County, and was an adjunct professor at Agnes Scott College.
During the course of his career, Dr. Martin has received numerous awards, including the John C. Schramm Leadership Award presented by the National Association of Economic Educators and the National Council on Economic Education (now the Council on Economic Education) for his national efforts on behalf of economic education. In Georgia, he was selected as a STAR Teacher and Teacher of the Year, and was inducted into the Teacher Hall of Fame at Sprayberry High School. Dr. Martin also received the Charles Berryman Service Award from the Georgia Council for the Social Studies. He and GCEE are recipients of the prestigious Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, and the Program of Excellence Award from the Georgia Council for the Social Studies.
Dr. Martin holds a BA in economics, history, and political science from Westmar College; an MA in American Studies from Purdue University and Ed.Specialist and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.
Associate Director and Chief Program Officer
A former economics teacher in Fayette County and a 2005 Georgia Economics Teacher of the year, Mr. Raymer now uses his teaching skills and knowledge of economics to teach teachers. In his role as Associate Director and Chief Program Officer, Mr. Raymer designs and conducts workshops throughout the state, and develops curriculum for grades K-12. He also writes grants to fund workshops for training teachers and produces the National Economics Challenge in Georgia. Mr. Raymer also serves as liaison between GCEE and the Georgia Association of Economic Educators.
Prior to joining the Georgia Council in 2008, Mr. Raymer was a social studies teacher at Starr's Mill High School in Fayette County for nine years, three as Social Studies Department Chair. He is a former President of the National Association of Economic Educators, a member of the Council for Economic Education's Affiliates' Advisory Committee, and was recently a Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Fellow. In 2012, he received the Gwen Hutcheson Outstanding Social Studies Educator Award from the Georgia Council for the Social Studies.
He holds Bachelors' degrees from the State University of New York at Fredonia and Kennesaw State University and a Master of Social Studies Education from Georgia State Univesity.
Chris Cannon, Ph.D
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A 2012 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year, Chris Cannon has been a teacher since 2002, teaching economics at Sandy Creek then McIntosh High Schools in Fayette County. Chris served as a Teacher in Residence at the Georgia Department of Education for two years and was also a Teacher in Residence at GCEE in 2015. Chris was also the Social Studies Program Specialist at the Georgia Department of Education.
As Program Manager, he writes and conducts workshops for K-12 teachers around the state and at national conferences. Chris creates K-12 lessons and modules for topics such as personal finance, manufacturing, the Atlanta Braves, international trade, and more. He also writes fundraising grants, develops online materials and videos, manages GCEE’s Rural Georgia Initiative, and coordinates the Personal Finance Challenge.
Chris is a past president of the Georgia Council for the Social Studies and the Georgia Association of Economic Educators. He now serves as liaison between GCEE and the Georgia Association of Economic Educators, organizing events and editing the newsletter among other duties.
Glen Blankenship, Ph.D.
Senior Program Consultant
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As Senior Program Consultant, Dr. Blankenship develops, organizes and leads many teacher training workshops. He also serves as associate director of the Georgia State University Center for Business and Economic Education.
Dr. Blankenship started his career as a social studies teacher at Renfroe Middle School and Decatur High School in the City Schools of Decatur. He then served as the Social Studies Coordinator for the Gwinnett County Public Schools, and was the Social Studies Coordinator for the Georgia Department of Education before joining GCEE in 1996. He is a past president of the Georgia Council for the Social Studies, served two terms on the executive board of the National Association of Economic Educators, and was recently elected president of the Georgia Leadership Association for the Social Studies.
Dr. Blankenship has published research findings and scholarly essays in several national research journals. He is also the author of numerous books of lesson plans and textbooks distributed by major publishers across the nation. Blankenship earned his B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from Georgia State University and his Ph.D. from Emory University.
Stock Market Game Coordinator
Barbara Futrell began working for GCEE as a Georgia State University student assistant in 1981 while working on her degree in business administration. In 1989, she was hired full time as an administrative assistant. Throughout her long career with GCEE, she has worked in some capacity on the Stock Market Game™, introduced in Georgia in 1980. She became the Stock Market Game™ Coordinator in 2002. She now manages all aspects of the program, from sending out materials before the start of trading to posting regional winners. She is a knowledgable resource for teachers with questions and problems when participating in the program.
Communications/ Program Operations
Steve O'Brien has worked in business communications and public relations in the Atlanta area since 2000 when he graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in journalism. He served as the first communications intern for the Georgia Council from 1998 to 2000 while attending GSU on the GI Bill. He has since worked on a wide range of communications projects for a variety of clients, from Internet startups to Fortune 500 companies. Steve returned to GCEE in 2009 and works on program operations and communications.