Six of the 36 educators in the inaugural South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program are from Richland School District Two. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis launched this new statewide initiative in January of this year. It is designed to increase the number of teachers incorporating personal finance education into their classrooms. Richland Two has more educators in this group than any other district in the state.
These Financial Literacy Master teachers are as follows:
- Stephen Bidwell, Bridge Creek Elementary School
- Pam Bruney, Kelly Mill Med Pro Middle School
- Andrea Dickey, Blythewood Academy
- Harmonica Hart, Summit Parkway Middle School
- Kristine Lyon, Ridge View High School
- Kurt Stiglbauer, Ridge View High School
The SC 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. These teachers have access to specialized training and financial literacy curriculum resources.
All applicants for the program had to 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. The Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program is sponsored by Future Scholar, South Carolina’s 529 College Savings Plan, and in partnership with SC Economics.