w!se Names Eight Frederick County Educators Gold Star Teachers

For Immediate Release
October 26, 2016
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


Eight Frederick County Public Schools teachers have been named Gold Star Teachers by Working in Support of Education (w!se). The teachers receiving the recognition include: Cindy Forse and Mike Onda from James Wood High School; Emily Carper and Mike Wehn from Millbrook High School; and Molly Chapman, Kitty Crosby, Charisse Woodward and Amy Strosnider from Sherando High School. Just 609 teachers from across the country were named Gold Star Teachers by w!se this year.

In order to be named a Gold Star Teacher, an instructor must achieve a 93 percent pass rate in at least one of their classes on either the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test. The national standardized test is administered to students at the conclusion of a personal finance and economics course. Students who pass the test are designated as Certified Financially Literate and earn a w!se certification demonstrating that they are financially capable. w!se has also named James Wood, Millbrook and Sherando high schools Blue Star Schools this year for their students’ performance on the 2015-16 w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Each of the teachers recognized as Gold Star Teachers is to be commended for the hard work they do each day to help each of their students be successful. Having a basic understanding of personal finance and economics is important if students are to become successful, engaged citizens. Our Gold Star Teachers should take great pride in knowing that their work is making a positive impact on students and preparing them to be successful both personally and professionally in the future.”

w!se is an educational non-profit that works to improve the lives of young people through programs that develop financial literacy and readiness for college and the workplace. w!se initiatives are built on relevancy, real world experiences, strong partnerships, volunteerism and evaluation.