McMinn County High School Personal Finance teacher Michelle Layman was recently honored as the Tennessee Bankers Association’s EverFi Teacher of the Year at a ceremony during the TBA’s Leadership Convention. Layman works closely with McMinn County’s local bank sponsor, Athens Federal Community Bank, to offer the EverFi Financial Literacy Program to MCHS students.
According to Layman, “the program is doing a great job of reinforcing what I am teaching, and help the students to realize that I am not just making this stuff up – some of the students have jobs and are able to see how the content directly applies to real life.” This year alone, Layman oversaw more than 200 students who used the EverFi program – the greatest student usage of any single teacher in the state of Tennessee during the 2014-2015 school year.
Presented by the Young Bankers Division of the TBA through its Personal Economics Program (PEP), the award recognizes one teacher in the state who has used the EverFi platform to have an outstanding impact on financial literacy efforts within their community and schools. The award-winning teacher must be instrumental in generating positive relationships within the schools and have actively participated in the success of the program with general and hands-on engagement, resulting in a high percentage of students learning life skills and earning their financial literacy certifications.
Athens Federal Community Bank’s Financial Literacy Coordinator, Amy Jo Billings, was honored by the TBA Young Bankers Division as the inaugural recipient of the EverFi Banker of the Year award in 2013. Athens Federal sponsors the EverFi program at nine area high schools, including MCHS.
“We are thrilled that Ms. Layman has been recognized for her exceptional accomplishments in teaching and managing the EverFi program at MCHS and ensuring its cutting-edge technology reaches students in our community,” commented Billings. “Her efforts have not only resulted in state-wide recognition for MCHS, but have more importantly led to a high percentage of students in McMinn County earning personal finance certifications and learning essential life skills that will better equip them to become financially responsible citizens.”
Athens Federal committed more than $55,000 over three years to bring financial literacy education to high school students across McMinn, Monroe, Meigs and Bradley counties by providing them with access to the Athens Federal SMART Start Financial Literacy learning platform, powered by EverFi. The web-based program uses the latest in new media technology, including Level 4 simulations, avatars, gamed and adaptive-pathing, to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation.
Through this platform, more than 650 juniors and seniors in the following schools have been certified in dozens of topics in personal finance at absolutely no cost to the schools:
- McMinn County High School
- McMinn Central High School
- Meigs County High School
- Sequoyah High School
- Sweetwater High School
- Tellico Plains High School
- Bradley Central High School
- Walker Valley High School
- Cleveland High School