AUGUSTA — Brett Shifrin, a math teacher at Gould Academy in Bethel, was recently named the 2016 recipient of the Maine Jump$tart Coalition Financial Educator of the Year Award.

Shifin, who has been in education for more than 20 years, created an innovative course for students called Math of Financial Matters, which has been very successful in providing students with a better understanding of financial literacy as they enter the adult world.

The coalition’s board of directors created the award to recognize Maine educators who have distinguished themselves through their efforts to improve the financial capability of the students and families who they serve.

Shifrin will be formally honored on April 28 in Augusta at the 2017 Fostering Financial Education in Maine Schools Conference. In addition to the award, he will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the National JumpStart Educator Conference and a $500 financial education grant from Machias Savings Bank.

In a letter nominating Shifrin for the award, Andrea Alford, Math Department chairwoman at Gould Academy, wrote, “Brett’s passion about learning, teaching and sharing as much as he can about personal finance makes him such a valuable resource for our students and faculty. As someone who has dedicated his life to working with students, I cannot think of a more deserving person for this award.”

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