27 Educators Graduate from SC Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program
Twenty-seven educators from across South Carolina were honored recently at the 33rd Annual Economics and Financial Literacy Awards Luncheon in West Columbia. Each completed the bronze, silver and gold certification process of the South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program, an innovative multi-year program designed to increase the number of teachers incorporating personal finance education into their classrooms.
Spearheaded by State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, the South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program was launched in January 2020 to provide financial incentives, specialized training and financial literacy curriculum resources to K-12 teachers.
“I want to congratulate these passionate educators for officially completing the Master Teacher Program,” Treasurer Loftis said. “Each one brings important knowledge, life experiences and training that prepares and inspires their students. We appreciate their efforts and hope they will continue to encourage students for many years to come.”
Sponsored by Future Scholar, South Carolina’s 529 College Savings Plan, and in partnership with SC Economics, the South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program not only encourages educators to promote personal finance education in their classrooms, but also train their peers through professional development workshops to expand the number of teachers sharing financial literacy lessons across the state.
To learn more, visit the SCFLMT website: scflmt.org.
About Future Scholar
Future Scholar, South Carolina’s 529 College Savings Plan, is administered through the State Treasurer’s Office. For more information, visit FutureScholar.com or follow @SCStateTreasurer on Facebook. No state funds are used to market Future Scholar or the SC Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program.
The first graduating class of South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teachers:
- Andrea Dickey of Blythewood Academy in Richland Two
- Ashley Bowers of Ashley Ridge High School in Dorchester Two
- David Hymson of Anderson 5 Charter in Anderson Five
- Denise Campbell-Gartrell of Johnston Edgefield Trenton Middle in Edgefield
- Denise Harrel of DuBose Middle School in Dorchester Two
- Desiree Smith of Alcorn Middle School in Richland One
- Erika Marshall of Beaufort High School in Beaufort
- Harmonica Hart of New Bridge Academy in Lexington Two
- Kurt Stiglbauer of FIVE Virtual Academy in Lexington-Richland Five
- Laura Reeder of Pine Grove Elementary in Richland One
- Leslie Carmel-Porras of Hillcrest High School in Greenville
- Lexie Centers of Gregg Middle School in Dorchester Two
- Megan Hanna of Heath Springs Elementary in Lancaster County
- Michelle Cummings of West Florence High School in Florence One
- Monica Brisbon of Carolina Forest High School in Horry County
- Pam Bruney of Kelly Mill Middle School in Richland Two
- Rick Weir of Mullins High School in Marion County
- Sabrina Williams of Fairfield Center High School in Fairfield
- Sarah Ostergaard of Irmo High School in Lexington-Richland Five
- Shannon Rister of WA Perry High School in Richland One
- Stephanie Pecarro of Pleasant Knoll Middle School in Fort Mill (York 4)
- Stephen Bidwell of Bridge Creek Elementary in Richland Two
- Tamikah McDuffie of SCDC Manning High School in Palmetto Unified
- Tammi Campbell of Airport High School in Lexington Two
- William Chappell of HCS Early College High School in Horry County
- Yolanda Singleton of Fairfield Career & Tech Center in Fairfield
- Zachary Arms of Liberty High School in Pickens