Mary Fehrens is VACU’s Teacher of the Quarter

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Mary Fehrens, an economics and personal finance teacher at Riverbend High School in Spotsylvania County, has been named a recipient of Virginia Credit Union’s Teacher of the Quarter award program.

The program recognizes K-12 teachers who teach economics and personal finance in Virginia. In appreciation of her work, Fehrens won $250 from Virginia Credit Union.

Fehrens thrives by bringing her instruction alive through real-world examples, says Sue Venable Shelton, a fellow teacher who nominated her. She relies on information from industry or personal experiences and is a lifelong learner who stays current to consumer and business trends.

Spotsylvania County uses the W!SE Financial Literacy Industry Certification assessment. Fehrens students have earned one of the highest pass rates in Spotsylvania County, says Shelton.

Virginia Credit Union established the Teacher of Quarter program to celebrate teachers who share critical personal finance information with their students. Nominations for future Teachers of the Quarter may be submitted through this form. Any K-12 teacher in Virginia who teaches the economics and personal finance SOLs in their classroom is eligible.

“We are glad to recognize these gifted educators,” said Chris Shockley, Virginia Credit Union’s President/CEO. “Financial education is fundamental, and it is exciting to hear the innovative ways teachers share these concepts in their classrooms.”


A financial cooperative serving more than 278,000 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.

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