LOCAL primary school teacher Kelly Burke from Jindabyne Central School was awarded with a Commonwealth Bank Foundation Teaching Award for her outstanding contribution to the financial literacy skills of Australian children.
Ms Burke was chosen from more than 250 quality applicants from across Australia for her Kindergarten role-play program.
The program allows students to work through financial challenges including bartering, developing their own currency and practising purchasing items in carefully orchestrated real-life scenarios that teach students about money and its purpose in society.
Ms Burke was one of 15 teachers from across Australia to be presented with the award during a special ceremony hosted by the Commonwealth Bank Foundation in Sydney.
Commonwealth Bank CEO and Foundation Chair, Ian Narev presented Ms Burke with her award and prize of $10,000 to progress her financial education program.
"I was very excited about the award and all the possibilities that this money will give the students at Jindabyne," Ms Burke said. "Learn through play is a technique that a lot of early education teachers use, and with our school growing in numbers, we now can purchase resources and dramatic play equipment which will help with students developing financial literacy skills."
CEO Ian Narev expressed the importance of innovative programs used to improve finanicial literacy.
"We believe it is very important to support teachers who are working hard to improve their students' financial literacy. This will improve the students' financial well being in the long term," Mr Narev said.
"2014 marks the third year of the Commonwealth Bank Foundation Teaching Awards. Every year, we continue to discover engaging and innovative programs from inspirational teachers."
The 2014 Commonwealth Bank Foundation Teaching Awards help to support the work of teachers who educate young Australians about essential money management skills.