A Dickson High School teacher has been named teacher of the year by the largest credit union in the state.

Tinker Federal Credit Union named Tammy Byars as the winner in its fifth annual Financial Empowerment Teacher of Year competition. She was awarded the award of merit for her commitment to teaching her students “real life lessons” on money management.

Byars has been teaching for 20 years and believes the lessons she teach help students while in high school and after graduation.

“At this level, kids need to know how to balance a checkbook and set financial goals,” said Byars. “It makes a big difference because we have so many kids that have parents who don’t talk to them about it.”

The Financial Empowerment Teach of the Year competition is designed to reward educators who are making a difference by teaching financial education in the classroom. Each year, teachers throughout the state, who teach financial literacy, are invited to apply.

“Tinker Federal Credit Union’s annual Teacher of the Year Award is a way to recognize those teachers who have identified this gap in education and who have gone above and beyond in their efforts toward remedying the absence of financial education,” said Cody Buchholz, assistant vice president/manager of financial empowerment.

Byars was awarded a $500 prize and a plaque. Additionally, Dickson High School was awarded $500 to fund financial education materials. A plaque was also given to the school.