State Treasurer recognizes local educators

South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis has recognized the second cohort of 27 educators who have qualified to become South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teachers.

Launched in January 2020, the 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.”

Local honorees are:

Lexington-Richland 5:
Patera Eskew-Martin of Dutch Fork Elementary
Angela McGregor of Irmo High School
Sarah Olenchak of Irmo Middle School
Sherry Stone of Spring Hill High School

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 to 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: