Phone: (828) 728-4281


Degrees and Certifications:

BS in Business Administration - WCU Teacher Certification - CTE - ASU MS in Middle Grades Education - ASU National Board Certification in CTE

Mr. Skip Smith

Lifelong resident of Caldwell County. Graduated from Lenoir High School in 1977. Graduated from Western Carolina University in 1982 with a bachelor degree in Business Administration. Managed a textile company from 1982 - 1997. Teacher certification program in Career Technical Education (CTE) at Appalachian State University (ASU) from 1997-1998. Started teaching at Hudson Middle School in August 1998. Recieved National Board Certification in CTE in 2006 (re-newed in 2016) and Master's Degree in Middle Grades Education from ASU in 2009.

Please see the Google Classroom for your student to view the daily lesson plans. 

BU20 Class Structure and Content

6th Grade

  • Purpose and Function of Business
  • Compare the main types of Business Organizations 
  • Entrepreneurship - Characteristics and Personality Traits
  • Financial Literacy

             - Intro to Money Management

             - Background/History of Money

             - Banking Options 

             - Banking Services 


7th Grade

  • Types of Economic Systems
  • United States Economic Systems 
  • Supply & Demand
  • Federal Reserve System, Stock Market, e-Commerce
  • Financial Literacy 

              - Credit / Debit

              - Interest Rates

              - Securities 


8th Grade 

  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Desired Behaviors Needed for Employment 
  • Business Etiquette & Business Communication 
  • Procedures for Gaining Employment
  • Financial Literacy 

                - Pay Check Analysis 

                - Income

                - Taxes

                - Expenses

                - Budget

                - Retirement / Savings