NGPF Podcast: Todd Hoadley on how engagement with the business community led to a personal finance requirement

Dec 27, 2019
Advocacy, Podcasts, Personal Finance

As a superintendent of Dublin City Schools (OH), Todd Hoadley focused on developing students who are both college and career ready. His engagement with the business community impressed upon him the importance of financial education. Listen to this podcast to hear how Todd led the efforts in his district where every student takes a personal finance class before they graduate. 


  • 0:00~2:02 Introduction
  • 2:02~3:10 Todd’s role and the district he works in  
  • 3:10~7:43 The local economy 
  • 7:43~14:17 Early money lessons growing up in a farm family
  • 14:17~16:33 Importance of financial education 
  • 16:33~20:06 Process of making personal finance a requirement
  • 20:06~20:33 A word from NGPF
  • 20:33~22:55 Feedback received
  • 22:55~25:18 Boosting teacher confidence to teach personal finance
  • 25:18~27:57 Engaging with the business community 
  • 27:57~32:21 Having students think about career options 
  • 32:21~33:54 Why make personal finance a requirement? 
  • 33:54~35:44 Conclusion


  • “We wanted to make sure our students were well-educated and that they receive a well-rounded education. If we are trying to make sure they were receiving a well-rounded education, the financial component can’t just be happenstance they take a personal finance course.”


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About the Authors

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.

Ren Makino

Ren has been working part-time at NGPF since 2014, interning through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, after graduating from college in 2020, he joined the team to work full time with a focus on teacher onboarding. He is also the editor of the NGPF podcast and makes sure it is accessible to teachers on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world and try out new brewing methods, even though personal finance gurus tend to caution against buying a cup of joe.