Phyllis Barker
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Boise, ID

Phyllis Smith taught middle school for 15 year and has been a principal at North Star Charter School for 5 years. She received her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in Early Adolescence Social Studies in 2001. Ms. Smith was selected, along with 32 other Social Studies teachers in Idaho, to be part of an Interdisciplinary Masters Cohort in Economic Education. She completed that masters at BSU in 2002. While an Econ Fellow, Ms. Smith was selected to be one of two teachers from Idaho to visit schools in Russia and Latvia with the purpose of observing their economics curriculum and to initiate collaboration with teachers and students in those countries. Her passion for economics education inspires her to volunteer for the International Economic Summit held in the Boise valley. This competition between high school economics students is truly amazing. In addition, she was selected to be on a review board for the Council for Economic Education, a board that consists of 5 classroom teachers and 5 economics professors from throughout the United States. Its function is to review K-12 economic lesson plans submitted to a website called EconEdLink. In addition to her Masters in Economic Education, Ms. Smith also obtained her Masters in Education Leadership from Northwest Nazarene University.