FinHero: Renee Nelson

Mar 04, 2019

In January 2019, NGPF released 11 Advocacy Case Studies featuring teachers’ brave efforts to expand access to personal finance instruction in their schools, districts and states. Today, we’re thrilled to recognize one of the 11 featured teachers as FinHero of the Month: Renee Nelson!


Ms. Nelson is a financial math teacher at KIPP NYC College Prep. She is also an adjunct professor at Syracuse University, where many of her high school students earn transferable college credit through her financial math elective.


Watch Renee's FinHero of the Month Reel (2:00) below!












Here are just a few of the steps Renee, a professional tinkerer, undertook to grow her program from a handful of students to over 50% of her school’s senior class:

  • created parent workshops to ensure this critical content reached multiple generations
  • hosted teacher financial wellness workshops for her colleagues to build a coalition of confident educators
  • secured certification to teach seniors financial math for college credit in partnership with Syracuse University


Read Renee’s full case study to explore how she drove impressive growth in her financial math course over 6 hard-fought years.

About the Author

Christian Sherrill

Christian comes to NGPF from the world of classroom instruction, where he was a teacher for three years at a public middle school in El Sobrante, California. After leaving the classroom, he joined math tutoring company, Zeal Learning, to help grow their educator-facing sales and marketing efforts. He's no stranger to making a dollar stretch - while living in the Bay Area on his teacher salary he paid down over $40k in student loans in the span of 3 years. He's thrilled to share those lessons with teachers and students around the U.S.