Vermont Jump$tart to Recognize 2017 Financial Literacy Champion
High School Business teacher to be recognized for her passion in education!
The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy will recognize Courtney Poquette as their 2017 Financial Literacy Champion. The award recognizes leadership and outstanding innovation and achievement in the effort to advance the financial literacy of Vermont youth. The honor comes with a $1,000 cash award.
“As a High School Business Teacher with a passion for engaging education, financial literacy, entrepreneurial ventures, Dale Carnegie, leadership & investing, Courtney embodies the mission of the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition” said Judy Ribolini, Jump$tart President.
Ms. Poquette has been teaching at Winooski High School for 9 years and enjoys working with students in classes and through a variety of extra-curricular activities. “This is a great community to work in. As the only business teacher at the high school, it is nice to see so many students with the entrepreneurial spirit. Students have created wonderful business plans that have won awards at the state level and several students have started their own businesses.”
Students in Ms. Poquette’s Personal Finance and Introduction to Business classes have won six of the top 18 spots in the state’s business plan competition and two students have received honorable mention. “My classroom is home to the School Store, which is run by students. Profits from the Store fund a business trip to New York City as well as provide scholarships for college bound seniors. Students are also running an eBay store”, said Poquette.
The award will be presented on April 6 as part of an annual financial literacy award ceremony sponsored by the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office.
Vermont Jump$tart is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to improving the financial literacy of Vermont youth. Coalition volunteers come from business, government and education sectors.