Amy Stills, a business teacher from Henrico County, has been named a recipient of Virginia Credit Union’s Teacher of the Quarter program.
Amy teaches at the Academy at Virginia Randolph in Glen Allen.
Virginia Credit Union’s recognition program is for K-12 teachers who teach economics and personal finance.
In appreciation of her efforts, Amy received $250 from the credit union. She was nominated by Carrie Simmons, a fellow teacher at the school.
A business teacher for 25 years, Amy took on the task of teaching the course in economics and personal finance when it became a state requirement several years ago. She says practical, real-world information about spending and saving, purchasing a car, and renting an apartment have always been a part of her lesson plans.
“I think it is very important for students to learn this information,” she says. “I try to make it real because all students are focused on earning money and the decisions they will make in the very near future.”
Amy invites guest speakers, takes students to the Junior Achievement Finance Park location, and involves her students in online educational exercises they can participate in as a group.
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 nomination period for the next Teacher of the Quarter is open until Jan. 18, 2019.
“It is an honor for our credit union to recognize these gifted educators,” said Chris Shockley, Virginia Credit Union’s President/CEO. “Financial education is critical to success in life, and it is exciting to hear the innovative ways teachers share these important concepts in their classrooms.”
A financial cooperative serving more than 270,000 members, Virginia Credit Union provides a variety of affordable banking services, loans, mortgages, and financial education resources. Virginia Credit Union is an equal housing opportunity lender and is federally insured by NCUA.