A Lexington-Richland School District Five teacher has been selected as the Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union Financial Educator of the Year.

Irmo High School International School for the Arts economics and U.S. government teacher Sarah Ostergaard was chosen by the credit union from hundreds of applications.

“I am honored to be named Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union’s Financial Educator of the Year,” Ostergaard said. “Financial literacy is very important to me and something I did not have the opportunity to learn at a young age. I enjoy learning about it now while I am teaching my students. It is awesome that they get to learn these important life skills in high school and make those real world connections.”

Palmetto Citizens provides a free financial education program, including student workbooks and teacher curriculum, to high school teachers and community group leaders. This program covers topics, such as: financial goals, the wise use of credit, budgeting and saving.

Palmetto Citizens is always happy to assist local schools and youth groups by providing speakers on a variety of financial topics,” said Palmetto Citizen Community Relations Manager Emilie Lewis. “Mrs. Ostergaard utilizes our resources in her classroom and she also incorporates new ideas for her students that include hands-on activities to help them understand and properly apply financial management skills.”

Every year Palmetto Citizens announces a winner and usually surprises the winner in their classroom or at a staff meeting with the announcement that they won. This year because of COVID-19, the surprise was done virtually.

“Sarah Ostergaard is a valuable member of our staff at Irmo High School International School for the Arts,” said Dr. Robin Hardy, principal. “I am very grateful for the outreach and connections she provides our students beyond content curriculum. Our students learn the benefits of financial literacy now, and the partnerships she has established will continue to enhance our students’ successful future.”