Teacher Spotlight



We are so excited to recognize Brett Burkey of Palm Beach County Schools in this quarter’s Teacher Spotlight. As the Assistant Director of the Florida Atlantic University, Center for Economic Education, Brett Burkey provides professional development workshops in Economics and Personal Finance for teachers in all grade levels across Florida and the nation. As a high school educator, he brings his knowledge directly to his students at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Congratulations, Brett! We appreciate your commitment to economic & financial literacy.

SchoolA.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

School District: Palm Beach

SubjectA.P. Government and A.P. Macroeconomics

Grade Level: 12

Number of Years Teaching: 35

When did you know you wanted to be a teacher? When I was 9 years old and developed a crush on my 4 th grade teacher, Miss Hill.

If you weren’t teaching what would you do? Lead singer in a world famous band.

What’s your favorite topic to teach? Economics

What’s the hardest topic to teach? World History, I almost nodded off before finishing this thought.

Why do you think Economics and Personal Finance are important to learn? Good Economic thinking will lead to a successful life and Personal Finance is a 21 st Century survival skill.

How has the FCEE impacted your teaching? 30 years ago, I took my first PD workshop at the FAU Center. It was the catalyst for what has turned out to be a very rewarding career.

What’s your favorite FCEE resource or program?  The Stock Market Challenge, it offers a platform to teach so much.

What advice would you give to a first-year economics or personal finance teacher? Realize that good economic thinking is the key to a successful life and that every decision is an economic one with costs and benefits. If you can convey that to your students, they will never forget you.

What do you like to do for fun outside of school? Run, bike, and sing.

What’s one thing your students may not know about you? I was a really horrible student in high school.