36 Team Ch­ester­field mem­bers named Gold Star Teach­ers

Four schools earn Blue Star School recog­ni­tion

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CH­ESTER­FIELD — Nearly 40 Team Ch­ester­field teach­ers re­cently were hon­ored as re­cip­i­ents of W!SE’s 2017-18 Gold Star Teacher award. To be con­sid­ered for this na­tional recog­ni­tion, a teacher must have achieved a 93 per­cent pass rate in at least one class on ei­ther the Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 W!SE Fi­nan­cial Lit­er­acy Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion test.

Ch­ester­field County Pub­lic Schools’ 36 rec­og­nized teach­ers rep­re­sented nearly 6.5 per­cent of the 557 teach­ers rec­og­nized na­tion­ally for their work last school year.

In ad­di­tion, four Ch­ester­field County high schools have been se­lected as W!SE Blue Star Schools for their work dur­ing the 201718 school year. Cosby, James River, Mid­loth­ian and Monacan each earned this na­tional recog­ni­tion. To be se­lected, a school must have achieved an 80 per­cent pass rate on the W!SE Fi­nan­cial Lit­er­acy Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion test and have ei­ther a ma­jor­ity of stu­dents on a given grade level take the test or achieve a min­i­mum av­er­age score of 85.

“Fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy is such an im­por­tant life skill that our stu­dents must have in or­der to be suc­cess­ful adults,” School Board Chair John Er­bach said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Fi­nan­cial Ed­u­ca­tors Coun­cil, although the Great Re­ces­sion may be over, many Amer­i­cans are still strug­gling with its af­ter­ef­fects, and col­lege stu­dents have been hit harder than most. Ob­tain­ing a stu­dent loan has be­come much more dif­fi­cult than in pre­vi­ous years. More stu­dents are drop­ping out of col­lege due to fi­nan­cial rea­sons than ever be­fore. This trend es­ca­lates the prob­lem, as land­ing a ca­reer job to­day prac­ti­cally de­mands hav­ing a col­lege de­gree. What can be done? These prob­lems could be solved by pre­sent­ing fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy for stu­dents.”

Ch­ester­field County Pub­lic Schools of­fers an eco­nomics and per­sonal fi­nance class to high school stu­dents. The course is a re­quire­ment for grad­u­a­tion. Fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy projects are not lim­ited to the high school level, though. Thanks to part­ner­ships with lo­cal bank­ing in­sti­tu­tions, el­e­men­tary school stu­dents re­ceive lessons, such as Mak­ing Money Count pre­sented by Towne Bank, through­out the school year.

“The W!SE test pass rates and this na­tional recog­ni­tion af­firm that our teach­ers and schools are pro­vid­ing stu­dents with an un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of solid fis­cal man­age­ment,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Merv Daugh­erty said. When ap­plied ap­pro­pri­ately, such work ben­e­fits stu­dents and their fam­i­lies for years to come. Ul­ti­mately, this builds a stronger and more sta­ble com­mu­nity.”

Congratulations to these Gold Star teach­ers: Brent Deaner (Bird High), Sa­man­tha Brunow (CCPS On­line), Emily Hill (CCPS On­line), Bet­tina Hin­kle (CCPS On­line), Bryce Lyle (CCPS On­line), Jan­ice Skip­with (CCPS On­line), Thayne Bruce (Clover Hill High), Em­mett Hick­man (Clover Hill High), Se­brell Bryant (Cosby High), Stephanie Fur­nish (Cosby High), Amanda McClave (Cosby High), Christo­pher Pryor (Cosby High), Christo­pher Tucker (Cosby High), Ni­cholas Woznyj (Cosby High), Lo­gan Ma­son (Thomas Dale High), Patrick Sweet (Thomas Dale High), Jeffrey Bourassa (James River High), Shari Jamieson (James River High), Rose Malone (James River High), Ian Mc­Clure (James River High), Kris­ten Sprat­ley (James River High), Ash­ley Walker (James River High), Cur­tis Ash­ley (Manch­ester High), Paul Kline (Manch­ester High), Charlie Krause (Manch­ester High), Hi­lary Parr (Manch­ester High), Nakita Lee (Ma­toaca High), Stacy McCoy (Ma­toaca High), Kathy Price (Ma­toaca High), Daniel Porzio (Mead­ow­brook High), Rachel Aiello (Mid­loth­ian High), Bryan Har­ri­son (Mid­loth­ian High), Mon­ica Van Ars­dale (Mid­loth­ian High), Carol Gen­try (Monacan High), To­bie Pea­cock (Monacan High) and Ike Tucker (Monacan High).

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