State Treasurer Curtis Loftis Recognizes Maegen Whitten as Educator of the Month

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis recognized Maegen Whitten of James Island Elementary School as the Future Scholar Financial Literacy Program Educator of the Month for April.

A fifth-grade teacher at the Charleston County school, Whitten says she is incorporating financial literacy into her math curriculum to demonstrate real world examples of how math relates to personal finance decisions people make every day.

“Teaching financial literacy is an important life skill,” Whitten added. “I love how the program allows students to perform specific tasks that enhance their understanding of money as well as build important new skills.”

The Future Scholar Financial Literacy Program is a web-based, interactive program that uses the Vault Program, powered by Everfi, to engage students and make learning financial skills interesting and fun.

“Financial literacy is a vital tool for future economic success. We are grateful for teachers like Ms. Whitten who are showing students how to make sound financial decisions at a young age,” Treasurer Loftis said. “I always enjoy hearing how students are using these important lessons to shape their spending and saving habits now, while preparing for more complex financial decisions in the future.”

The Future Scholar Financial Literacy Program, a web-based financial management course focused on skill building, budgeting and decision-making, is offered to elementary and middle schools across the state at no cost to taxpayers.

Since its launch in 2015, the Future Scholar Financial Literacy Program has grown to reach 267 schools and impact approximately 30,000 South Carolina students 2015.