Oct 13, 2015

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks With Darren Gurney, Economics Teacher and Investing Guru at New Rochelle High School (NY)

Thanks to Darren Gurney, recent recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Award, for participating in a recent NGPF podcast and sharing his expertise.

In the shadow of Wall Street, Darren Gurney’s enthusiasm and passion for investing is evident throughout this podcast. His stock market simulation has a few wrinkles in it that go beyond the standard stock market game. Many of his former students have flourishing careers on Wall Street and in the spirit of giving back visit his classes to offer their insights. Featured on CNBC (see show notes below), his students frequently get shoutouts from Jim Cramer too. By sharing his personal investing anecdotes, Darren also grounds his students to the challenges inherent in investing.

Listen to this webinar to hear Darren’s answer to questions, including:

  • What drives your passion for personal finance?
  • Who tends to be the better investors in your class: boys or girls or the blind chimpanzees?
  • ‘How do you use popular songs (ok, I am dating myself here) like “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Satisfaction” to teach economic concepts?
  • Did you really predict the stock market decline of 2007-08?

Show notes:

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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