Kelly Brooks, career and technical education (CTE) department chairperson at Dreher High School, is among 20 educators from across the state who are in the third cohort of South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis’ Financial Literacy Master Teachers Program.
The goal of the program, which began in January 2020, is to increase the number of teachers incorporating personal finance education into their K-12 classrooms.
“A part of my acceptance into the program was based on the recommendation from my principal, being able to learn from other amazing financial literacy educators and return to my school and share these ideas with the department is truly an honor,” said Brooks.
Sponsored by Future Scholar, South Carolina’s 529 College Savings Plan, and in partnership with the S.C. Council on Economic Education, the S.C. 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. Specialized training and financial literacy curriculum resources are made available to participating teachers, which better enable them to promote financial literacy education in their classrooms.
“Ms. Brooks has demonstrated a tremendous amount of commitment to the process of becoming a master teacher in financial literacy,” said Dreher principal Dr. Kevin Hasinger. “In her role as our career and technical education department chairperson, she encourages enrollment in courses, leading to increased personal and business finance competency among our students. Ms. Brooks also works with administration to ensure we are offering relevant courses within our CTE program.”
To become a South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher, applicants must complete specific professional development classes, create and teach professional development training to their peers and pass the W!SE Personal Finance Certification Test for Educators. W!SE is a nationally recognized certification, endorsing the educators’ proficiency in teaching personal finance.
“I want to congratulate these passionate educators for achieving Bronze certification and promoting financial literacy in their classrooms this year,” Treasurer Loftis said in a news release. “They play an important role in preparing 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.”