Title: Finance Educator
Company: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Location: Rison, Arkansas, United States
Billy J. Britt, Economic Education Specialist at the Little Rock branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in financial education.
After teaching elementary school for 31 years, Mr. Britt transitioned into teaching finance in a collegiate classroom before settling in to a position with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He is lauded as an educator in the state of Arkansas, and is the recipient of a 2004 Arkansas Mathematics Teacher Award as well as a 2004 Bessie B. Moore Economic Education Award for his teacher guidebook, “Economics of the Forest.” At his current position, Mr. Britt lends his expertise to video and online courses for children and adults on economics, personal finance and money management.
Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Billy Jean and Charlene Faver Britt, Mr. Britt attended the University of Arkansas in Monticello and received a BA in elementary education in 1973. He continued in his academic path and earned an MEd from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1983, along with certifications for gifted and talented education in 1986. While matriculating at Fayetteville, Mr. Britt taught with the Woodlawn Elementary School in Rison, Arkansas, and ultimately stayed there for 14 years. It was in 1987 that he transitioned to the Monticello Elementary School, where he taught until joining the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in 2004.
While serving in Monticello, Mr. Britt branched out into financial education as an adjunct professor with the University of Arkansas. He served as the coordinator of the mathematics science center there from 1998 to 1999, and taught as a master economics teacher with the Arkansas Council on Economic Education in Little Rock. The role was a natural transition into his involvement with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, also located in Little Rock. In addition to a professional capacity, Mr. Britt has also been a leader in his community, and co-chaired the JumpStart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy in the city from 2004 to 2010. He was a member of the Pulaski County Juvenile Services Board from 2004 to 2010. In 2016, Mr. Britt joined the Mason York Rite and the Scottish Rite Masons, where he is a 32nd Degree Mason. Since 2004, he has had a seat with the board of directors of the Global Association of Teachers of Economics.
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