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Two Utahns Recognized as National 'Innovative Educators' by Visa Inc. for Commitment to Personal Finance Education

South Park Academy Teacher and Counselor Selected for Bringing Creative Approach to Helping Prison Inmates Take Control of Their Financial Futures

January 10, 2010

San Francisco, CA – January 22, 2010 – For going above and beyond in the pursuit of financial literacy, teacher Gae Wagstaff and counselor Elaine Peterson of South Park Academy in Draper, Utah, were recognized today by Visa Inc. as national "Innovative Educators."

When they are not teaching personal finance to South Park Academy high school students, Ms. Wagstaff and Ms. Peterson are busy helping inmates in the Utah State Prison system learn about the value of money, including how to budget, save and invest it. The 18-hour, 9-week course is part of a life skills curriculum for inmates, which includes instruction in other areas such as goal setting, parenting, anger management, and job readiness.

To learn more about how both of these educators are helping inmates take control of their financial futures, please visit, the website for Visa's award-winning financial education program, Practical Money Skills for Life.

"Both of these innovative educators embody Visa


Contact: Megan Wilburn for Visa Inc., (336) 681-1274