Alumna honored by Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy
February 18, 2014
A University of
Wisconsin-Stout alumna who teaches family and consumer sciences in the Barron
school district has received a governor's award for her work on financial
Sue Becker was
one of seven individuals and 13 organizations cited Feb. 11 by the Governor's
Council on Financial Literacy for helping promote personal finance know-how in
Wisconsin. The recipients will be honored by Gov. Scott Walker in a ceremony
Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Capitol.
"The need for personal financial literacy has never
been greater," Walker said. "These recipients are equipping Wisconsin
citizens with an important life skill."
The 20 winners, chosen from 52 nominations, demonstrated
innovation, measurable results, collaboration with community partners and worked
with needs-based groups, the state said.
Becker has three degrees from UW-Stout, a bachelor's in home
economics in business in 1988, a bachelor's in family and consumer sciences
education in 2002 and a master's in family development and human studies in
She has taught at Riverview Middle School in Barron for 11
years. Financial literacy is one of the topics she teaches in grades five
Becker's fifth-graders learn how to make change and about
the history of money in the U.S. and elsewhere. Sixth- and seventh-graders
learn how to use checks and debit and credit cards, learn about identity theft
and about saving money. Eighth-graders learn about entrepreneurship, including
creating and marketing a product to other students. Eighth-graders also follow,
or job-shadow, a community professional for a half-day.
Along with classroom activities, Becker coordinates the Kidz
Credit Union, in partnership with WestConsin Credit Union, at the school.
Students can start a savings account, make deposits weekly and earn interest
throughout their middle school years.
"I include money in as many ways as I can at all grade
levels. It's important to have students learn these life skills and see how
they can apply to many areas of their lives," Becker said.
Becker also plans to open a school store, run by students,
with the aid of a $1,000 grant the school recently received.
On Thursday, Feb. 20, Becker will be at UW-Stout with some
of her students to take part in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of
America Star regional conference at the Memorial Student Center.
For more information on UW-Stout's family and consumer
sciences education undergraduate program, go to the website.