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Four Richland One Teachers Among State’s First Financial Literacy Master Teachers



Four Richland One teachers are among the first 36 educators to qualify to become South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teachers. The new statewide initiative was launched in January by State Treasurer Curtis Loftis to increase the number of teachers incorporating personal finance education into their classrooms.


Richland One extends its congratulations to the following teachers who have completed the requirements for the program: Laura Reeder of Pine Grove Elementary School; Shannon Rister of W.A. Perry Middle School; Karin Springfield of A.C. Flora High School; and Desiree Smith of Alcorn Middle School.


“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.


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. They also must create and teach professional development training. Applicants then must pass the W!SE Personal Finance Certification Test for Educators, which is a nationally recognized credential, certifying that educators demonstrate the proficiency required to teach personal finance. To learn more about the program, visit the SCFLMT website: