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Tinker FCU Announces Teacher of the Year Award of Merit Recipient
Friday, January 15, 2016 6:55 AM

Tinker Federal Credit Union (TFCU) in Oklahoma City has named Briana Thurman as the winner in its 6th Annual Financial Empowerment Teacher of the Year competition. Thurman, a teacher at Grove High School, earned the Award of Merit for her commitment to teaching students budgeting basics through the simulation of real-life scenarios.

Thurman was awarded a $500 prize and a plaque. A $500 prize and plaque was also awarded to Grove High School for the school’s support of financial education.

Thurman has been teaching for six years and said she loves helping the students understand how to overcome financial setbacks. “I personally was not very good at managing my finances when I was younger,” Thurman said. “I want to use my life as an example to these students so they know the world is not ending when they encounter hard times. My ultimate passion is working with these kids and being able to teach them life skills to get through those hard times they are sure to encounter as adults.”

The contest is designed to acknowledge and reward educators who are making a difference by teaching financial education in the classroom. It was open to Oklahoma teachers who teach financial literacy to students in grades 7-12.

“There is a significant void within our school systems in regard to educating students on personal finance,” said TFCU Assistant Vice President/Manager of Financial Empowerment Cody Buchholz. “Tinker Federal Credit Union’s annual Teacher of the Year Award is a way to recognize the teachers who have identified this gap and who have gone above and beyond in their efforts toward remedying the absence of financial education.”

Tinker Federal Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oklahoma, with $3.4 billion in assets and more than 320,000 members.