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Tinker FCU Awards Top Oklahoma Teachers with Cash Prize
Thursday, December 15, 2016 6:55 AM

Chris LeGrande and Tamara Kuriger
Chris LeGrande (left) and Tamara Kuriger (right) hold their awards for Teacher of the Year. Both Kuriger and Guthrie High School were presented with a plaque and a check for $1,000 from TFCU.

Tinker Federal Credit Union (TFCU) in Oklahoma City has awarded three outstanding financial educators in Oklahoma with Teacher of the Year awards.

The contest for the award program was held September through October and open to any educator who teaches financial education to 7th to 12th grade students. Each teacher submitted an application, a lesson plan, and a letter of recommendation from their principal.

TFCU’s panel of judges selected the winner in the three categories based on school size: 750 students or less, 751 to 1,500 students, and more than 1,500 students.

Zackary Michel, LaDonna Chanceller, Eliot Smith
Zackary Michel (left), LaDonna Chanceller (center) and Eliot Smith (right) hold their awards for Teacher of the Year. Both Michel and Bartlesville High School were presented with a plaque and a check for $1,000 from TFCU.

This year, the winners were Justin Gerry from Jones High School, Tamara Kuriger from Guthrie High School, and Zackary Michel from Bartlesville High School.

“I am very thankful to teach in a state where teaching financial literacy has been made a priority,” Gerry said. “I think it is important to launch our students out into the real world with the tools, skills, and confidence to succeed financially before they make mistakes.”

Each teacher received a $1,000 check and plaque, as well as a $1,000 check and plaque for their school.

 

Justin Gerry, Curstin Moses, and Giovanni Monterroso
: Justin Gerry (left), Curtis Moses (center) hold their awards for Teacher of the Year, presented by TFCU Financial Educator Giovanni Monterroso (right). Both Gerry and Jones High School were presented with a plaque and a check for $1,000 from TFCU.

“I would like to express my gratitude to TFCU for making this award possible,” Michel said. “It’s always a great feeling to know that your hard work is recognized and that you are being supported by your community and the people within your state.”

Tinker Federal Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oklahoma, with $3.5 billion in assets and over 332,000 members.