2012-10-03 / News

BHS teacher heads to Missouri to talk money

Kyle Harris

Bullard High School Economics teacher Kala Morrow will be leaving to Kansas City, Missouri, as one of 10 Texas teachers receiving a scholarship to attend the national Council for Economic Education’s conference this week.

The scholarship will allow Morrow to visit Kansas City from Oct. 4 to 6, to attend informational training seminars dealing with financial literacy and economics and receive lessons that will educate students on how to be wise consumers and producers. The 10 Texas teachers attending are expected to have an impact on more than 2,000 students.

“It was exciting,” she said of receiving the scholarship. “I always apply for educational scholarships and stuff like that and feel like I never win. I was thinking even if I didn’t get the chance to go, I’ll know what I can do better next time (when applying).”

Morrow, who spent the last five years coaching volleyball and softball at Bullard, currently teaches economics at BHS, government and dual-credit government at Tyler Junior College. After recollection, she concluded she had taught every social studies class BHS has to offer over her tenure.

“It may seem silly for someone who’s not in economics, but (the conference) is really a once in a lifetime chance for us to get to do that, basically for free,” she said.

The Council for Economic Education, she said, provides “tons” of lesson plans and activities for social studies students across the country.

“The TCEE is leading in the field of economic education, and providing ‘excitement’ in what is normally considered a not very exciting subject,” she said.

In addition to teacher scholarships to the national conference, the TCEE also offers and supports programs like “The Stock Market Game,” Personal Finance Literacy Challenge and Economics Challenge. Morrow said her class started “The Stock Market Game” on Monday.

“I would have liked to do the economics challenge last year, but I had a small class of only five students,” she said. “Plus, I was gone on maternity leave for about half the year.”

Morrow said her coaching over the past five years really hindered her ability to implement more time-consuming projects and activities into her curriculum.

“I haven’t implemented those programs before, because coaching stopped me from having the opportunity to do them,” she said. “Hopefully, now that I’m not coaching, I will have more of a chance to do time-consuming activities like these.”

She said she hopes to implement more of the activities over the next couple of semester.

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