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Kempsville High's Kim Manoso Named Teacher of the Quarter

Kim Manoso (center) receives her $250 award as Teacher of the Quarter presented by Sheron Myers of Virginia Credit Union and Principal Bill Harris.

Kim Manoso (center) receives her $250 award as Teacher of the Quarter presented by Sheron Myers of Virginia Credit Union and Principal Bill Harris.

(Richmond, VA, April 19, 2017) – Kim Manoso, a marketing education teacher at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, is the first recipient of Virginia Credit Union’s Teacher of the Quarter recognition program.

The program recognizes K-12 teachers who teach economics and personal finance in Virginia. Kim, who was nominated by two of her students, won $250 from Virginia Credit Union in appreciation of her work.

VACU Financial Educators Cherry Dale and Sheron Myers worked with Kempsville Principal Bill Harris to surprise Kim and her students on April 18.

Kim teaches marketing, fashion marketing and financial management. She has also taught courses in economics and advanced entrepreneurship. A “Gold Star Teacher” for having 90% or more of her students pass the w!se Financial Literacy exam on their first attempt, Kim is in her sixth year at Kempsville High.

“I think what’s helped me most in relaying the message to my students has been my willingness to share my own personal experiences. I’m very open with them about what I’ve learned over the years. I also try to create hands-on activities for them which helps keep them engaged."

Those classroom activities include researching stocks and tracking their performance, digging into the fine print of insurance policies, going online to compare credit card offers, and researching the differences between credit unions and banks.

Nominations for future Teachers of the Quarter may be submitted through a form on the VACU website. Any K-12 teacher in Virginia who teaches the economics and personal finance SOLs in their classroom is eligible. The next set of nominations is open now and will close on June 8, 2017.

“Financial education for our members and the community is a key priority for our credit union,” said Chris Shockley, Virginia Credit Union’s President/CEO. “We are glad to do our part to recognize gifted educators who teach these critical skills to young people.”

A financial cooperative serving more than 254,000 members, Virginia Credit Union offers a variety of affordable banking services, loans, mortgages, and free financial education resources, with a focus on helping people be more confident with their finances. Virginia Credit Union is an equal housing opportunity lender and is federally insured by NCUA. 

Media Contact: Glenn Birch | glenn.birch@vacu.org | (804) 560-5664