Jan 26, 2016

NGPF Podcast: Matthew Gherman, Personal Finance Evangelist at Murrow High School (Brooklyn, NY)

Thanks to Matthew Gherman of Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, New York for joining me recently on the NGPF podcast show.  Matt teaches Honors Economics, AP Macro Economics and College Now Business Administration and is the Personal Finance Coordinator at Murrow (sounds like a busy guy!). Matt recently received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Award for his work incorporating personal finance into his economics curriculum ((Darren Gurney, another Sloan recipient appeared on our blog show previously). 

Listen to this podcast to hear Matt’s insights on:

  • How he makes credit scores compelling for his students
  • The Junior Heroes program he leads which trains high school students to teach personal finance to elementary school students
  • How his school adapts their personal finance curriculum for their special needs students
  • Investing advice he gives his students



Show Notes



0:00~1:12: Introduction
1:12~1:52: Why are you so passionate about teaching personal finance?
1:52~2:40: What are some lessons you have learned growing up?
2:40~7:07: Things you wish you knew when you were younger?
7:07~11:21: How do you make credit scores compelling for students?
11:21~12:00: How would you help your students persuade their parents to cosign for a credit card?
12:00~12:30: What is your role as a personal finance coordinator? Where do you come up with ideas for lesson plans?
12:30~15:28: Integrating personal finance for special needs students
15:28~17:11: How do you lead your teachers?
17:11~18:38:  What are the gaps students still have after the WISE Foundation test?
18:38~20:20: Approach to teaching about student loans?
20:20~21:50: What’s the right amount of student loans to have?
21:50~28:35: What is your Junior Heroes project?
28:35~29:34: Any book recommendations?
29:34~34:21: Investing advice?
34:21~37:53: Projects/Presentations that your students do in class?
37:53~39:55: Why teach Personal Finance? Advice to other teachers?
39:55~40:44: Outro






About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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