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JHS Business Teacher Earns Scholarship to the Financial Literacy Academy

JHS Business teacher Sheila McIntyre was selected to attend the Educator’s Financial Literacy Academy offered by the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College. Mrs. McIntyre received a scholarship to cover 100% of her tuition expense - worth $1,500. Mrs. McIntyre will attend the nationally recognized Teaching Financial Literacy course, a 3-credit graduate-level course, taking place March through May 2022. She is one of only 40 winners out of more than 150 applications.

“I am excited and honored to be part of this great opportunity!” said Mrs. McIntrye. “ What I glean from this course will provide an increased richness and robustness to the financial literacy piece of our curriculum which prepares our students with critical life skills.”

Teachers who complete the Teaching Financial Literacy course will have the confidence, skills and curriculum tools to successfully train their students in financial literacy topics. The Academy will use the Jump$tart Financial Foundations for Educators Model for part of its curriculum programming. This educational model was developed by the Jump$tart Coalition, the National Endowment for Financial Education, the Council for Economic Education, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Family Economics and Financial Education, Junior Achievement, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  

The goal of the Teaching Financial Literacy course is to increase the financial literacy and instructional capability of teachers through targeted training on financial literacy topics. This programming has been recognized by the White House, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the FDIC and by President Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Capability.  The Academy has also been the subject of two studies showing the impact of the instruction. The financial literacy boot camp will cover saving and investing, credit reports and scores, credit and debt, managing risk, income and careers-in short, the financial knowledge needed to navigate daily life and how to bring this knowledge to high school students.

“We are thrilled that Sheila received this scholarship,” said JHS Principal Dana Williams. “This course sounds like such a wonderful opportunity for Sheila to add to her already great business knowledge to help successfully teach her students financial literacy, an important real-life skill. We are very proud of Sheila’s initiative to learn more to help her students.”

Educators who take this training have huge impacts on the financial knowledge and behaviors of their students. Based on national survey data, high school students who received personal finance education by the Academy’s trained teachers had "high financial literacy," on par with older Generation Xers (age 35 to 49) and outperformed Millennials (age 18 to 34).

JHS offers a wide variety of business electives to students including: Accounting I and II, Business & Personal Law, Career Exploration, Computer Applications, Hospitality & Tourism, Introduction to Business and Personal Finance.