W.A. Perry Middle School teacher Shannon Rister was named the Educator of the Month for September in the South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program. The honor was announced by South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis.
“Without financial skills and a knowledge of good consumer behaviors, our students could face such life challenges as poor credit, overwhelming debt and inadequate savings,” said Treasurer Loftis. “Ms. Rister’s dedication and commitment to teaching personal finance in the classroom will not only influence her students’ long-term financial habits but will also enhance their future quality of life.”
Rister currently teaches computer technology at W.A. Perry, where she was named the school’s Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020. In addition to teaching, she also serves as a new teacher mentor and technology facilitator.
“Because students are not being consistently introduced to formal instruction on money matters through a classroom curriculum, they often have to rely on learning about money through socialization, such as observing and listening to their caregivers and peers,” Rister explained. “Becoming a Financial Literacy Master Teacher has provided me with an opportunity to train other educators on the importance of financial literacy and how to incorporate it into the classroom curriculum so that students have wider access to accurate financial information.”