36 Team Chesterfield members named Gold Star Teachers
Four schools earn Blue Star School recognition
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).