State Treasurer Curtis Loftis recognizes 36 educators in SC Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program

South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis recognized the first cohort of 36 educators who have qualified to become South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teachers. Launched in January of this year, the new statewide initiative is designed to increase the number of teachers incorporating personal finance education into their classrooms.

“We congratulate these wonderful educators for their commitment to promoting financial literacy. They share a passion that is important to conveying these vital life skills to students in their classrooms and to fellow teachers as they lead professional development workshops,” Treasurer Loftis said. “We applaud their efforts, especially given the challenges of the current school year, and we look forward to seeing their continued growth and progress in the years to come.”

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 that will 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. In addition, they must create and teach professional development training. Applicants then must 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 program recently completed accepting applications for its next group of teachers and will begin registration for the third cohort in January of 2021. To learn more, visit the SCFLMT website:

About Future Scholar
Future Scholar, South Carolina’s 529 College Savings Plan, is administered by the Office of State Treasurer Curtis Loftis. For more information, visit or follow @SCStateTreasurer on Facebook. No state funds are used to market Future Scholar or the South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program.


Inaugural Class of South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teachers

First Name Last Name School District
Zachary Arms Liberty High School Pickens
Tamikah Battle Manning Correctional Institute High School Palmetto Unified School District
Stephen Bidwell Bridge Creek Elementary Richland 2
Ashley Bowers Ashley Ridge High School Dorchester 2
Monica Brisbon Carolina Forest High Horry
Pam Bruney Kelly Mill Med Pro Middle Richland 2
Tammi Campbell Airport High School Lexington 2
Leslie Carmel-Porras Hillcrest High School Greenville
Lexie Centers Gregg Middle School Dorchester 2
William Chappell HCS Early College High School Horry
Sabrina Cheek Fairfield Central High School Fairfield
Randy Clark Lugoff-Elgin High School Kershaw
Michelle Cummings West Florence High School Florence 1
Andrea Dickey Blythewood Academy Richland 2
Eric Fry Academy for Technology and Academics Horry
Denise Gartrell Saluda Middle School Saluda
Megan Hanna Heath Springs Elementary Lancaster
Denise Harrel Givhans Alternative Dorchester 2
Harmonica Hart Summit Parkway Middle School Richland 2
David Hymson Anderson 5 Charter School Anderson 5
Meghan James Mason Preparatory School Independent
Kristine Lyon Ridge View High School Richland 2
Erika Marshall Beaufort High School Beaufort
Sarah Ostergaard Irmo High School Lexington Richland 5
Stephanie Pecarro Pleasant Knoll Middle School Fort Mill
Gary Purinton Spartanburg High School Spartanburg 7
Laura Reeder Pine Grove Elementary Richland 1
Shannon Rister W.A. Perry Middle School Richland 1
Bradley Robinson Greenville Tech Charter High School SC Public Charter School District
Alvalene Rogers Wando High School Charleston
Yolanda Singleton Fairfield Career & Technology Center Fairfield
Desiree Smith Alcorn Middle School Richland 1
Karin Springfield AC Flora High School Richland 1
Kurt Stiglbauer Ridge View High School Richland 2
Terri Vick-Phillips White Knoll High School Lexington 1
Rick Weir Mullins High School Marion