Downey High School Teacher Recognized with CFALA Teacher of The Year Award

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Coty Alvarez was honored recently for exceptional teaching achievement in economics and financial literacy using California Council on Economic Education programs.

It’s encouraging for students and the public to see school teachers shine. On January 25, 2012, Coty Alvarez’s star shone bright.

Kerry Gawne, CFA and Chair of the CFALA Forecast Dinner Committee, awarded Alvarez the prestigious CFALA Teacher of The Year Award for exceptional achievement in the classroom. Alvarez is a dedicated economics teacher with 16 years of experience at Downey High School who uses a variety of lessons and programs provided by California Council on Economic Education.

The Forecast Dinner is a CFALA fundraiser that supports CCEE-administered programs, like the Capital Markets Contest, and advances the mission of the CFALA financial literacy program.

“Coty brings economics and personal finance alive for her students, highlighting critical knowledge contained in economics and financial literacy,” said James Lewis, CFA and CFALA President. “All of us at CFALA support the work of teachers like Coty with financial capital, and human capital through our members acting as mentors to teachers and students in Los Angeles County.”

“We are delighted to participate in this worthy effort supported and sponsored by CFALA,” said William Coffin, CCEE Chairman. “With their financial and mentor support, CCEE is able to honor talented teachers like Coty and provide financial literacy programs to hundreds of teachers and thousands of Los Angeles students throughout the year.”

“I don’t only teach basic economic fundamentals,” said Alvarez. “With MoneyWiseTeen, I teach real-life decision making, responsible use of money, proper use of credit and the importance of human capital. With CCEE, I prepare students to be responsible and think critically, not only financially, but professionally and emotionally as well.”

About California Council on Economic Education
For nearly a half-century, California Council on Economic Education, a nonprofit organization, has been dedicated to advancing the economic reasoning and financial literacy of Californians. CCEE prepares students to participate in the global economy by providing educational programs and materials to K–12 teachers. Information about professional development for teachers, workshops, programs and student contests can be found at

About CFA Society of Los Angeles
The CFA Society of Los Angeles promotes financial expertise, integrity and professional skills among our members and CFA charter candidates. We improve the quality of financial decision making throughout society by developing our members' ability to provide valuable leadership for their clients, firms and the CFA Institute. The means by which we accomplish and communicate our mission includes educational programs, networking events and public advocacy.


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