Heritage High School’s Tony Hardin was recently named as the EverFi/Tennessee Bankers Association Teacher of the Year.

Hardin was recognized at an awards ceremony, which was hosted by Tennessee Bankers Association, in Nashville. The TBA and its members have partnered with EverFi Inc., the nation’s leading education technology company, to bring an interactive, web-based financial management program to Tennessee high school students at no cost to the schools or taxpayers.

SouthEast Bank has provided the funding for Heritage High School, as well as more than 150 additional schools across Tennessee. The company’s sponsorship provides these schools with unlimited access, training and support to the financial literacy curriculum.

In the 2012-13 school year, Hardin reached 299 students at Heritage High School. Of those students, 253 students earned a Certificate in Financial Literacy recognizing their accomplishments. The financial literacy curriculum has reached more than 6,000 students at 65 high schools, statewide.

Powered by EverFi technology, the web-based learning high school platform uses the latest in new media technologies — video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars, and social networking — to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. High school students will become certified in more than 600 topics in financial education, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens.

The SouthEast Bank Financial Scholars Program is a 10-unit course that offers six to eight hours of programming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401(k)s and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards.

The learning platform tracks knowledge gain as well as students’ attitudes and behaviors on these important issues.

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