Institute for Financial Literacy announces 2009 Maine Teachers Take FLITE graduates

42 Maine K-12 teachers become Certified Educators in Personal Finance®

Portland, ME and Orlando, Fla. — Dec. 4, 2009 — The Institute for Financial Literacy is
pleased to announce that 42 Maine teachers have been certified in the 2009
class of Maine Teachers Take FLITE (Financial Literacy Instructional Techniques
for Educators), a training program for K-12 teachers.

“The teachers who completed the 2009 session of Maine Teachers Take FLITE
worked proactively to gain the knowledge they need to effectively teach financial
literacy concepts in their classrooms,” said Leslie Linfield, Executive Director &
Founder of the Institute for Financial Literacy. “These teachers have shown
remarkable dedication to their communities by working to ensure that their
students have a solid foundation for making smart financial decisions throughout
their lives.”

The 2009 certified FLITE teachers are:

  • Raelene Allen, Madison High School
  • Robert Alley, Jonesport Elementary School
  • Jean Ambrose, Hall-Dale High School
  • Linda Anderson, Georges Valley High School & Mid-coast School of Technology
  • Anne Archambault, Maranacook Community High School
  • Sandra Bailey-Bowen, Old Town High School
  • Amanda Boyce, Winthrop High School
  • Carlo Bufano, Jobs for Maine’s Graduates
  • Diana Butler, Houlton High School
  • Laurie Caron, Teague Park Elementary School & Hilltop Elementary School
  • Ian Craven, Bucksport Middle School
  • Gordon A. Crosby, Poland Regional High School
  • Linda Davis, Jay High School
  • Catherine Demchur-Merry, Poland Regional High School
  • Cardine Emmerson, Maranacook Community High School
  • Kristy Ferran, Gardiner Area High School
  • Jim Ford, Oak Hill High School
  • Charlotte Gardner, Noble Middle School
  • Bob Goddard, Brunswick High School
  • Charles Green, Bonny Eagle High School
  • Darren Hartley, Lewiston Regional Technical Center
  • Janet Hodgins, Sylvio J. Gilbert Elementary
  • Andrea Itkin, The Community School, Passages Program
  • Tracy Johnson, Gardiner Area High School
  • Karen Kantolak, Lafayette Elementary School
  • Stephanie Knight, Falmouth Middle School
  • Darlene Korhonen, Houlton Junior/Senior High School
  • Patricia Morris, Maranacook Community High School
  • C. Maria Morris, Morse High School
  • Christine Munroe, South Portland High School & Memorial Middle School
  • Jessica Norton, Gardiner Area High School
  • Kip Plaisted, Penobscot Valley High School
  • Cynthia Paradis, Jay High School
  • Chad Poland, Piscataquis Community High School
  • Debra Primmerman, Cornville Elementary School
  • Robin Reinhold, Brown Elementary School
  • Leslie Romanow-Jordan, Biddeford Intermediate School
  • Marcia Steenstra, Georges Valley High School
  • Cynthia Streznewski, Maranacook Community High School
  • Glenn Tracey, Greely High School
  • Mary Trigge, York High School
  • Amanda Walker, Georges Valley High School

A program of the Institute for Financial Literacy, Maine Teachers Take FLITE
enrolls teachers in the Certified Educator in Personal Finance® program, a
professional certification and training program developed to improve the
knowledge and expertise of financial literacy educators. FLITE focuses on
teachers’ professional development and increasing their confidence in their own
ability to teach students about personal finance. This approach provides teachers
with the tools they need to teach financial literacy effectively in the classroom.
The 2009 FLITE class was funded through donations from individuals and grants
from the Maine State Treasurer’s Council on Financial Education and the
Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation.

The Institute for Financial Literacy is a non-profit financial literacy
organization. The Institute’s mission is to make effective financial literacy
education available for all American adults. The Institute accomplishes its
mission by developing financial literacy education materials, publishing the
National Standards in Adult Financial Literacy Education, maintaining the Library
of Personal Finance and providing professional development and training
through the Center for Financial Certifications. For more information about the
Institute and its programs, please contact 207-221-3663 or visit


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