Michel of BHS named Tinker Federal Credit Union Teacher of the Year

posted Dec 22, 2016, 9:36 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 22, 2016, 9:38 AM ]

Tinker Federal Credit Union (TFCU) has named Zachary Michel from Bartlesville High School as one of three winners in its annual Teacher of the Year contest. He was awarded $1,000 and his school also received $1,000.

The contest was held September through October and open to any educator who teaches financial education to seventh to 12th grade students. Michel submitted an application, a lesson plan and a letter of recommendation from his principal.

TFCU's panel of judges selected a winner in each of the three school size categories: 750 students or less, 751 to 1,500 students and more than 1,500 students. Michel won in the largest category.

"I cannot be more grateful that Oklahoma has begun to put so much emphasis on financial education'" said Michel, who has taught at Bartlesville for four years. "Personal finance courses give students the knowledge they need to manage their own finances and opportunity to examine how their financial decisions impact the world around them."

"I would like to express my gratitude to TFCU for making this award possible," he continued. "It's always a great feeling to know that your hard work is recognized and that you are being supported by your community and the people within your state."

Tinker Federal Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oklahoma, with $3.5 billion in assets and over 332,000 members.
Zach Michel, 2016 Tinker Federal Credit Union Teacher of the Year
Bartlesville High School teacher Zachary Michel, left, was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year for the largest schools in Oklahoma by Tinker Federal Credit Union. Michel received $1,000 and a plaque. BHS also received $1,000 and a plaque from TFCU, as shown by Principal LaDonna Chancellor, center, with Freshman Academy Principal Eliot Smith, right.