June 16, 2021

State Treasurer Curtis Loftis Recognizes 27 Educators in SC Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program

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South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis is pleased to recognize the second cohort of 27 educators who have qualified to become South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teachers. Launched in January 2020, this innovative program was designed to increase the number of teachers incorporating personal finance education into their classrooms across the K-12 spectrum.

“We congratulate these passionate educators for their commitment to promoting financial literacy in their classrooms and achievement of Bronze certification this year,” Treasurer Loftis said. “They are helping us prepare our young people with the knowledge and tools they need to effectively manage their money. We appreciate their efforts and wish them continued success in the 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 provides financial incentives to K-12 teachers who are experts in the area of financial literacy and have a desire to teach professional development workshops to other educators in their schools and districts. In addition, participating teachers have access to specialized training and financial literacy curriculum resources that will better enable them to promote financial literacy education in K-12 schools.

In order to become a South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher, all applicants must complete specific professional development classes, as well as create and teach professional development training for their peers. Applicants must also pass the W!SE Personal Finance Certification Test for Educators. W!SE is a nationally recognized credential, certifying that educators demonstrate the proficiency required to teach personal finance.

Thirty-two members of the first cohort of South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teachers also completed their Silver certification this year, with added incentives and professional development requirements.

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.

Second Cohort of S.C. Financial Literacy Master Teachers




LaKeshia Adams

Palmetto Unified Schools

Palmetto Unified School District

Tamie Betsill

Wando High School


Ashli Black

Heath Springs Elementary

Lancaster County

Keith Brayman

River Bluff High School

Lexington One

Patera Eskew-Martin

Dutch Fork Elementary

Lexington-Richland Five

Thurman Evans

E.P. Todd School

Spartanburg Seven

Megan Freiburger

Meadow Glen Middle School

Lexington One

Steven Getz

White Knoll High

Lexington One

Melissa Gore

Carolina Forest High School

Horry County

Robin Jones

Institute of Innovation

Richland Two

Jeremy Lehman

Gray Collegiate Academy

Charter Institute at Erskine

Angela McGregor

Irmo High School

Lexington-Richland Five

Bailey Melvin

AC Flora High School

Richland One

Tina Mickens

Crayton Middle School

Richland One

Jennifer Molnar

Fort Mill High School

Fort Mill (York 4)

Patricia Nunnally

James F. Reames Center

Florence One

Sarah Olenchak

Irmo Middle School

Lexington-Richland Five

Ricky Robbins

Eastside High School


Sherri Smith

R. C. Edwards Middle School


Jajuana Smoot-Robinson

Dixie High School


Charnice Starks-Ray

Heyward Career & Technology Center

Richland One

Sherry Stone

Spring Hill High School

Lexington-Richland Five

Gerald Taylor

Fort Dorchester High School

Dorchester Two

Stephanie Vincent

Fairfield Central High School


Donna Wales

Northside Elementary


Joy Walker

Kelly Mill Middle School

Richland Two

Warren Wise

Kelly Mill Middle School

Richland Two