David Sandlin, a teacher at Walton Verona (Independent) High School, recently was named the 2013 Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.

Sandlin teaches entrepreneurship, economics, financial literacy and Web design. His award included a $250 grand prize that can be used for financial literacy classroom materials or training.

This is the fourth year of the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year award. The award is open to teachers in grades K-12 who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to teaching financial literacy topics and motivating students to learn about personal finance.

Sandlin developed a curriculum outline for a personal finance course at Walton-Verona High, and now all students at the school must pass that class in order to graduate.

After receiving his award at the Life Fundamental$ Financial Literacy Summit in Louisville recently, Sandlin presented one of the teacher training sessions based on a classroom lesson he created, called “I’m Going to Disney World! A Budget Simulation.”

The summit is a K-12 teacher training event that covers economics and personal finance topics and provides classroom resources to educators. This is the sixth year for the summit; it drew more than 120 teachers.