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Tinker FCU Announces Teacher of the Year Award Recipients
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 7:00 AM

Justin Gerry
Justin Gerry poses with Award of Excellence plaque.

Tinker Federal Credit Union (TFCU) has named the winners of its fifth annual Financial Empowerment Teacher of the Year award program. Justin Gerry, a teacher at Jones High School, earned the Award of Excellence. Dickson High School teacher Tammy Byars received the Award of Merit.

Gerry’s award included a $1,000 prize and plaque. Jones High School also received a $1,000 prize and plaque. Byars and Dickson High School each received a $500 prize and plaque. Members of TFCU’s Financial Empowerment team presented the awards at each winner’s school.

“To me, one of the most important things I teach is personal financial literacy. I feel like every day I am contributing to their future directly,” Gerry said.  “I was excited because I know I put a lot of effort into the class and into the lessons, and it was an encouragement to know that the work pays off and was recognized.”

“At this level, kids need to know how to balance a checkbook and set financial goals,” said Byars. “It makes a big difference because we have so many kids that have parents who don’t talk to them about it.”

Tammy Byars
TFCU Award of Merit recipient Tammy Byars and Dickson High School Principal Rex Trent pose with their $500 prize.

The contest was 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 education to students in grades 7-12.

“Until recently, financial education for our youth has been overlooked by many,” 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 those teachers and school who have identified this gap in education 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 over $3 billion in assets and more than 300,000 members.