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...

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 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 his or her 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), Joshua Dutton (Bird), Karen Charney (Clover Hill), Michael Bell (Clover Hill), Amanda McClave (Cosby) , Chris Tucker (Cosby), Christopher Prior (Cosby), Scott McKeag (Cosby), Sebrell Bryant (Cosby), Chad Seay (Thomas Dale), Debbie Kidd (Thomas Dale), Matthew Crenshaw (Thomas Dale), Patrick Sweet (Thomas Dale), Tami Marshall (Thomas Dale), Ashley Walker (James River), Jeffrey Bourassa (James River), Olivia Bowersox (James River), Rose Malone (James River), Charlie Krausse (Manchester), Curtis Ashley (Manchester), Hilary Parr (Manchester), Paul Kline (Manchester), Kendra Pahl (Matoaca), Mary Price (Maotaca), William Scott (Matoaca), Daniel Porzio (Meadowbrook), William Fields (Meadowbrook), Madeleine Smith (Midlothian), Rachel Aiello (Midlothian), Monica Van Arsdale (Midlothian) and Tobie Peacock (Monacan).

W!SE’s Financial Literacy Certification Program 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 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 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,” Lane said. “In today’s world, our students need to have a strong financial literacy background, and our innovative programs are preparing students for just that.”