State Treasurer Curtis Loftis recognizes 20 educators in SC Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program

South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis is pleased to recognize the third cohort of 20 educators who have qualified to become South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teachers. Launched in January 2020, this innovative program was designed to increase the number of teachers incorporating personal finance education into their classrooms across the K-12 spectrum.

“I want to congratulate these passionate educators for achieving Bronze certification and promoting financial literacy in their classrooms this year,” Treasurer Loftis said. “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.”

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. Participating teachers also have access to specialized training and financial literacy curriculum resources that will better enable them to promote financial literacy education in their classrooms.

In order to become a South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher, all applicants must complete specific professional development classes, as well as create and teach professional development training for their peers. Applicants must also pass the W!SE Personal Finance Certification Test for Educators. W!SE is a nationally recognized credential, certifying that educators demonstrate the proficiency required to teach personal finance.

In addition to our Bronze participants, 17 members of the second cohort of South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teachers completed their Silver certification this year, and 27 of the original cohort completed their Gold certification and graduated from the program in May.

To learn more, visit the SCFLMT website:

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

The Third Cohort of South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teachers:




Aaron Knapic

Carolina Forest High School

Horry County

Analisa Smith

FIVE Virtual Academy

Lexington-Richland Five

Angelia Jackson

Georgetown High School

Georgetown County

Ashley Causey

Hillcrest High School

Greenville County

Ashley Seats

Meadow Glen Middle

Lexington One

Bonnie Robinson

Irmo High School

Lexington-Richland Five

Courtney Quinters

Kelly Mill Med Pro Middle School

Richland Two

Darron Kirkley

Central High School


Elizabeth Gumbiner

Summerville High School

Dorchester Two

Elizabeth Magee

Project SEARCH

Lexington-Richland Five

Erica Edwards

Low Country Virtual Consortium

Charleston County

Kayla Eskew

Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center

Edgefield County

Kelly Brooks

Dreher High School

Richland One

Kristy Horton

Heath Springs Elementary

Lancaster County

Michael Melvin

Lexington High School

Lexington One

Samuel Stevenson

Ashley Ridge High School

Dorchester Two

Sharon Bennett

Elloree Elementary

Orangeburg County

Susan Nunamaker

RC Edwards Middle & Liberty Middle School

Pickens County

Victoria Merritt

Cyber Academy of SC

Erskine Charter School

William Smyly

Colleton County High School

Colleton High School