McKean County Teacher Honored

HARRISBURG – Four Pennsylvania teachers working to improve financial education in their schools and communities were honored during the third annual “Ripple Effect” awards ceremony at the Governor’s Institute on Financial Education.

The 2010 Ripple Effect Award winners are:

  • Charles Deal, Neshaminy High School, Bucks County
  • Jill Bargiel, Juniata Valley Junior/Senior High School, Huntingdon County
  • Kimberly Preston, Bradford Area High School, McKean County
  • Sharon Storch, Burrell High School, Westmoreland County

“It is more important than ever that we provide young people with the financial tools they will need to succeed as adults,” Secretary of Banking Steve Kaplan said while congratulating the winners. “The educators recognized with this award are overcoming the challenges of tight budgets and scheduling hassles to pioneer new ways of teaching some of the most important lessons students will ever learn.”

The awards were presented at the conclusion of the Governor’s Institute on Financial Education at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County. The weeklong program, offered by the Pennsylvania Office of Financial Education, is designed to help teachers integrate financial concepts – such as budgeting, saving and borrowing wisely – into their existing lesson plans.  Approximately 90 teachers attended the Institute, which is now in its sixth year.


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