“Teach the Teacher” to reach the greatest number of students. Apply to be a teacher fellow today!

Mission: The Virginia Personal Finance Teacher Fellowship Program seeks to support school divisions with high concentrations of provisionally licensed teachers and schools in which 40% or more of the student population receive free or reduced lunch by increasing access to quality personal finance education.  This cohort of highly-qualified Personal Finance Teacher Fellows will offer personal finance professional development and resources to other teachers in their school, school division, and region.  In this way, the VCEE can dedicate more personal finance resources where they will have a meaningful impact.  We believe this investment will help improve education opportunities and economic equity in Virginia’s underserved communities by ultimately improving the financial knowledge and skills of middle and high school students in Greater Richmond, Northern Virginia, Coastal Virginia, and Roanoke Valley.

Virginia Personal Finance Teacher Fellows should be middle and high school teachers in and/or have access to school divisions that:

Program Benefits & Commitments:


  • Earn additional income ($1,500)
  • Earn recertification hours for the orientation and training program (6 hours)
  • Receive recognition as a Virginia Personal Finance Teacher Fellow to build professional resume
  • Form a professional learning network and community of practice with other Virginia Personal Finance Teacher Fellows to further his/her own professional development
  • All training, workshop, webinar, and event expenses are covered, including travel, supplies, instructional resources, and snacks/beverages 
  • Receive a scholarship to attend the annual Council on Economic Education (CEE) Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference or sign up for National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) membership
  • Receive invitations and recognition at VCEE special events (e.g., Stock Market Game™ (SMG) Awards Program and VCEE Teacher Awards Program)


  • Successfully complete the orientation and training program (6 hours)
  • Attend at least 6 hours of additional VCEE professional development programs
  • Prepare for and teach at least 2 hours of approved professional development using Financial Fitness for Life curricula to a minimum of 10 teachers in your school, division, and/or region
  • Participate in 1 VCEE sponsored student program—Stock Market Game™ (5 student-teams paid for) or Governor’s Challenge on Economics & Personal Finance (at least two teams)
  • Promote other statewide VCEE sponsored programs
  • Participate in year-end reflection and revision activities
  • Help recruit and mentor new Teacher Fellows
  • Submit required program-related online forms

Prerequisites & Application Requirements:


  • Teaches in a school in which 40% or more of the student population receive free or reduced lunch OR provisionally licensed teachers
  • A licensed teacher with a minimum of 3 years of full-time classroom instruction that consistently integrates personal finance
  • Successfully complete a VCEE Personal Finance Institute and/or pass the W!SE exam (next Institute offered in spring 2023)

Application Requirements:

  • Resume with 3 references
  • Two letters of support:  one of which must be from your direct supervisor; the second may be from administrators, principals, superintendents, mentors, professors, or colleagues
  • Personal written statement of why you want to become a Virginia Personal Finance Teacher Fellow, including teaching philosophy (one-page single space limit)
  • One personal finance lesson plan using your school’s lesson plan template illustrating your active learning instructional practice