Financial literacy

Richland One’s Kelly Brooks Completes SC Financial Literacy Masters Program

Kelly Brooks

Kelly Brooks, chair of Dreher High School’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) department, is among 20 educators from across the state who are part of the third cohort of the Carolina Treasurer’s Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program. of the South, Curtis Loftis.

The goal of the program, which began in January 2020, is to increase the number of teachers integrating personal finance education into their K-12 classrooms.

“Part of my acceptance into the program was based on my principal’s recommendation, to be able to learn from other amazing financial literacy educators and return to my school and share those insights with the department is truly an honor,” Brooks said.

Sponsored by Future Scholar, South Carolina’s 529 College Savings Plan, and in partnership with the SC Council on Economic Education, the SC Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program provides financial incentives to K-12 teachers who are experts in the field of financial literacy and who have a desire to teach professional development workshops to other educators in their schools and districts. Specialized training and educational resources in financial literacy are made available to participating teachers, allowing them to better promote financial literacy education in their classrooms.

“Ms. Brooks has demonstrated tremendous commitment to the process of becoming a master financial literacy teacher,” said Dreher Director Dr. Kevin Hasinger. encourages enrollment in courses, which leads to increased personal and business finance proficiency in our students.Ms. Brooks also works with administration to ensure that we offer relevant courses within our CTE program. »

To become a master financial literacy teacher in South Carolina, candidates must complete specific professional development courses, 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, approving the competence of educators 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 press release. “They play an important role in preparing our young people with the knowledge and tools they need to manage their money effectively. We appreciate their efforts and wish them much success in the years to come.