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May 2022

Personal finance instruction achieves recognition

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Working in Support of Education, a national nonprofit also known as W!SE, in April recognized Chesterfield County Public Schools in three ways for instruction in personal finance for the 2020-21 school year:

100 Best W!SE High Schools
Three of the nation’s top 100 W!SE high schools are in Chesterfield County Public Schools: Cosby, Thomas Dale and Midlothian. The main factor in this national ranking is the school’s average score on the W!SE financial literacy certification test with consideration given to eligibility for free lunch and the proportion of test takers in the school population.

W!SE Blue Star Schools
Four Chesterfield County high schools were named W!SE Blue Star Schools: Clover Hill, Cosby, James River and Midlothian. To earn this award, schools must achieve an 80% passing rate on the W!SE financial literacy certification test and have either a majority of students on a given grade level receive personal finance instruction or have at least 10% of school enrollment take the certification test.

W!SE Financial Literacy Gold Star Teacher Awards
W!SE honored 35 economics and personal finance teachers within Chesterfield County Public Schools with W!SE Financial Literacy Gold Star Teacher Awards for achieving a 93% passing rate on the financial literacy certification test in at least one of their classes:

  • Bird High: Anthony Perkins and Brent Deaner
  • CCPSOnline: Bettina Hinckle, Janice Skipwith and Samantha Brunow
  • Clover Hill High: Karen Charney, Michael Bell and Stephanie Mercado
  • Cosby High: Christopher Prior, David Templeton, Kathryn Smith, Nicholas Woznyj, Stephanie Furnish and William Shuman
  • Thomas Dale High: Brett Fish and Lisa Gurley
  • James River High: Ashley Walker, Ike Tucker, Jeanette Baird, Jeffrey Bourassa and Kristen Spratley
  • Manchester High: Charlie Krausse, Curtis Ashley, Lynn Fradsham and Paul Kline
  • Matoaca High: Kathy Price, Kendra Pahl and Stacy McCoy
  • Midlothian High: Bryan Vannoy, Jillana Hicks, Madeleine Smith and Monica Van Arsdale
  • Monacan High: Adrian Murray, Carol Gentry and Eric Griffin


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