27 Educators Graduate from SC Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program

Twenty-seven educators from across South Carolina were honored recently at the 33rd Annual Economics and Financial Literacy Awards Luncheon in West Columbia. Each completed the bronze, silver and gold certification process of the South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program, an innovative multi-year program designed to increase the number of teachers incorporating personal finance education into their classrooms.

Spearheaded by State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, the South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program was launched in January 2020 to provide financial incentives, specialized training and financial literacy curriculum resources to K-12 teachers.

“I want to congratulate these passionate educators for officially completing the Master Teacher Program,” Treasurer Loftis said. “Each one brings important knowledge, life experiences and training that prepares and inspires their students. We appreciate their efforts and hope they will continue to encourage students for many years to come.”

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 not only encourages educators to promote personal finance education in their classrooms, but also train their peers through professional development workshops to expand the number of teachers sharing financial literacy lessons across the state.

To learn more, visit the SCFLMT website: scflmt.org.

About Future Scholar
Future Scholar, South Carolina’s 529 College Savings Plan, is administered through the State Treasurer’s Office. For more information, visit FutureScholar.com or follow @SCStateTreasurer on Facebook. No state funds are used to market Future Scholar or the SC Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program.

The first graduating class of South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teachers:




Andrea Dickey

Blythewood Academy

Richland Two

Ashley Bowers

Ashley Ridge High School

Dorchester Two

David Hymson

Anderson 5 Charter

Anderson Five

Denise Campbell-Gartrell

Johnston Edgefield Trenton Middle


Denise Harrel

DuBose Middle School

Dorchester Two

Desiree Smith

Alcorn Middle School

Richland One

Erika Marshall

Beaufort High School


Harmonica Hart

New Bridge Academy

Lexington Two

Kurt Stiglbauer

FIVE Virtual Academy

Lexington-Richland Five

Laura Reeder

Pine Grove Elementary

Richland One

Leslie Carmel-Porras

Hillcrest High School


Lexie Centers

Gregg Middle School

Dorchester Two

Megan Hanna

Heath Springs Elementary

Lancaster County

Michelle Cummings

West Florence High School

Florence One

Monica Brisbon

Carolina Forest High School

Horry County

Pam Bruney

Kelly Mill Middle School

Richland Two

Rick Weir

Mullins High School

Marion County

Sabrina Williams

Fairfield Center High School


Sarah Ostergaard

Irmo High School

Lexington-Richland Five

Shannon Rister

WA Perry High School

Richland One

Stephanie Pecarro

Pleasant Knoll Middle School

Fort Mill (York 4)

Stephen Bidwell

Bridge Creek Elementary

Richland Two

Tamikah McDuffie

SCDC Manning High School

Palmetto Unified

Tammi Campbell

Airport High School

Lexington Two

William Chappell

HCS Early College High School

Horry County

Yolanda Singleton

Fairfield Career & Tech Center


Zachary Arms

Liberty High School