Teacher of the Week: Travis Towne

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – WITN’s Teacher of the Week is Dr. Travis Townes, an early college teacher in Lenoir County.

Towne teaches and heads the Social Studies Department at Lenoir County Early College High School in Kinston.

Currently, he teaches Civic Literacy as well as Economics & Personal Finance. Townes says he strongly believes these two classes are key elements of a teen’s knowledge foundation.

His nomination says his mission is to ensure his students, and every student in Lenoir County, are financially literate.

With over 19 years of experience teaching middle school, high school and college, his education, personal experiences, and drive to enhance opportunities for his students have caught the eyes of many.

Dr. Towne is the recipient of several grants including the Bright Ideas Grant, Lenoir County Education Foundation Grant, and Burroughs Wellcome Fund (PRISM Award).

Beyond the classroom, Dr. Towne is the Chief Livestream Engineer for Magic Mile Media and Neuse News. He also volunteers as a drummer and technical facilitator at Tanglewood Church of God. As an Army veteran with service during Iraqi Freedom, he emphasizes the importance of providing youth with a solid foundation in historical perspectives, civic literacy, and personal finance.

He regularly reaches out to the local business community and community leaders in his newspaper column imploring them to help him in his crusade to get effective financial education in every classroom in America, starting in Lenoir County, according to his nomination.

WITN is told in April, he took 15 of his personal finance students from the Lenoir County Early College High School to Northwest Elementary School where the high school students taught money skills to the third graders as part of the National Teen Teach-In in celebration of April’s Financial Literacy Month.