Seasoned professionals in economics education

Mike Raymer

Executive Director
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A former economics at Starr’s Mill High School in Fayette County, Mike Raymer joined the Council in 2008 as a Teacher-in-Residence. He became the Program Manager in 2009 and was promoted to Associate Director and Chief Program Officer in 2015. He became Executive Director on July 1, 2017. During his time at the Council, Mr. Raymer has developed numerous lesson plans and workshops, conducted teacher training and coordinated a variety of special programs. He has also been fully engaged in fundraising and governance activities. He has served as President of the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) and Chaired NAEE’s Professional Development Committee. He has also led study tours to Cuba, Germany, and Japan.

Mr. Raymer has undergraduate degrees in history from the State University of New York at Fredonia and in social science education from Kennesaw State University. He has a master’s degree in social studies education from Georgia State University.

He is a Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Fellow and has completed the Executive Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations Program conducted by the J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia. He also completed the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Diploma in Fundraising Management.

He has been recognized as the Teacher of the Year at Starr’s Mill High School in Fayette County, a Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Council on Economic Education, received the Outstanding Social Studies Educator Award from the Georgia Council for the Social Studies, and was a Transatlantic Outreach Program Fellow of the Year.

Chris Cannon, Ph.D

Program Manager
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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. Dr. Cannon 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.

Dr. Cannon 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. In May 2017, he was recognized with the Georgia Council's Lifetime Achievement Award in Economic Education.


Barbara Futrell

Stock Market Game Coordinator
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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.

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