Michael Florimonte of Campbell County High School has been named the 2015 Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year by The Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.
Florimonte was honored during a Campbell County Schools board meeting on Nov. 9 in Alexandria. He was nominated by a co-worker, who noted that Florimonte motivates and engages students by helping them to make real-world connections that they can personalize into their own lives.
One way Florimonte did this is by guiding students in the operation of the Camel Bank and Camel Spirit Store at Campbell County High. He also used guest speakers, individual learning plans and The Stock Market Game – his team won first place in spring 2015 – to reinforce financial concepts taught in his classes and to help students make connections to their own lives.
Florimonte became a teacher after working as an investment accountant for eight years. Seeing his wife, who also is a teacher, interact with her students inspired him to make the career change.
“I have a passion for teaching and introducing my students to financial literacy and investing,” he said. “Teaching about financial concepts is fun for me, and it is easy for them to make that personal connection between what is being taught and how they can take what they learn and apply it into their lives.”
At the time he was nominated, Florimonte was teaching marketing classes at Campbell County High. He now serves as assistant principal at the school and continues to be an advocate of financial literacy.
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.