Thirty-six Chesterfield County Public Schools Economics and Personal Finance teachers recently received the W!SE Gold Star Teacher Award. That total represents nearly 7 percent of the teachers across the country who received this national recognition.
“Financial literacy and education has become an important component to educating our students to be fiscally sound adults,” Chesterfield County School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi said. “These Gold Star teachers are preparing students to become responsible citizens who are prepared for the independence they gain after high school and college.”
To be considered for the Gold Star Teacher Award, a teacher must achieve a 93 percent pass rate in at least one of their classes on either the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test.
These Chesterfield County teachers were recognized with the W!SE Gold Star Award: Bettina Hinckle (CCPS Online), Brice Harrington (CCPS Online), Emily Hill (CCPS Online), Janice Skipwith (CCPS Online), Samantha Brunow (CCPS Online), Anthony Perkins (Bird High), Joshua Dutton (Bird High), Karen Charney (Clover Hill High), Michael Bell (Clover Hill High), Amanda McClave (Cosby High), Chris Tucker (Cosby High), Christopher Prior (Cosby High), Scott McKeag (Cosby High), Sebrell Bryant (Cosby High), Chad Seay (Thomas Dale High), Debbie Kidd (Thomas Dale High), Matthew Crenshaw (Thomas Dale High), Patrick Sweet (Thomas Dale High), Tami Marshall (Thomas Dale High), Ashley Walker (James River High), Jeffrey Bourassa (James River High), Olivia Bowersox (James River High), Rose Malone (James River High), Charlie Krausse (Manchester High), Curtis Ashley (Manchester High), Hilary Parr (Manchester High), Paul Kline (Manchester High), Kendra Pahl (Matoaca High), Mary Price (Maotaca High), William Scott (Matoaca High), Daniel Porzio (Meadowbrook High), William Fields (Meadowbrook High), Madeleine Smith (Midlothian High), Rachel Aiello (Midlothian High), Monica Van Arsdale (Midlothian High) and Tobie Peacock (Monacan High).
W!SE’s Financial Literacy Certification Program (FLCP) addresses the important need for financial literacy and education. The program provides high school students with access to financial education and the opportunity to become certified financially literate. Participating schools teach personal finance and administer W!SE’s standardized Financial Literacy Certification (CFL) Test. Developed in 2003, the program has expanded nationally and has been widely recognized for its success.
“It’s exciting to know that nearly one out of 10 teachers honored nationally with Gold Star recognition works right here in Chesterfield County,” Superintendent Dr. James Lane said. “That’s another testament to the outstanding educators we have supporting our students and to the forward-thinking mindset our teachers and instructional leaders have. In today’s world, our students need to have a strong financial literacy background, and our innovative programs are preparing students for just that.”