[Updated 9/1/21] Mission 2030 Press Release: 152 U.S. High Schools Receive NGPF Gold Standard Challenge Grants for Ensuring All Students Receive A Personal Finance Course

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Jul 06, 2021
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Palo Alto, Calif., UPDATED: Sep 01, 2021 - Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a non-profit committed to ensuring that ALL students leave high school with the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex financial world, is pleased to announce 152 recipients of NGPF Gold Standard Challenge grants. Together, these schools serve over 133,000 high schoolers who will soon graduate with the financial education they deserve.

The NGPF Gold Standard Challenge rewards and recognizes high schools that commit to ensuring that all students receive a one semester personal finance course before crossing the graduation stage. Each of the teachers and/or administrators who led these efforts* are listed below and have received board approval for a one semester personal finance course to be taken by ALL students with implementation to take place over the coming school years.

*Links below indicate published guest posts on the NGPF Blog from teacher and/or admin recipients, which tell the story of how each grantee accomplished the personal finance guarantee in their school or district.


Colorado

  • Leslie Stewart, Springfield High School (Springfield, CO)
  • Himanshu Sharma, Fort Morgan High School (Fort Morgan, CO)

Connecticut

Illinois

  • Teresa Eick George, Alden-Hebron High School (Hebron, IL)
  • Sabrina Benjamin, Maine Township High School District 207 (Park Ridge, IL) [4 high schools]
  • Huda Ghazal, Universal School (Bridgeview, IL)

Indiana

Iowa

  • Kevin Gartman, Montezuma Community Schools (Montezuma, IA)
  • Diane Schumacher, Iowa City Schools (Iowa City, IA) [4 high schools]
  • Tammy Vrzak, Turkey Valley Jr-Sr High School (Jackson Junction, IA)
  • Amy Jo Wertzberger, West Marshall High School (State Center, IA)

Kansas

  • Michelle Bruna, Washington County High School (Washington, KS)
  • Christie Woods, Horton High School (Horton, KS)

Kentucky

  • Joy Neace, Breathitt County High School (Jackson, KY)
  • David Curtis, Union County High School (Morganfield, KY)
  • Amanda Hutchison, Boyle County High School (Danville, KY)

Maryland

  • Julius Prezelski, Mount Saint Joseph High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • Susan Bistransin, Prince George's County Public Schools (Prince George's County, MD) [32 high schools]

Massachusetts

  • Sue Comparato, Swampscott High School (Swampscott, MA)
  • Julie Giglia, Whitman-Hanson Regional High School (Hanson, MA)

Michigan

  • Shawn Hulin, Centreville High School (Centreville, MI)

Minnesota

  • Patricia Lindeman, RTR Public Schools (Tyson, MN)
  • Melissa Johnson, Willow River Area High School (Willow River, MN)
  • Kim DeLong, Murray County Central High School (Slayton, MN)

Montana

  • Jill Page, Glasgow High School (Glasgow, MT)
  • Sara Wittmayer, Nashua High School (Nashua, MT)

Nebraska (prior to adoption of statewide guarantee)

  • Melissa Kapustka, Loup City Public Schools (Loup City, NE)
  • Kate Chrisman, Cedar Bluffs Secondary (Cedar Bluffs, NE)

New Hampshire

  • Sam York, Merrimack Valley High School (Penacook, NH)

New Jersey

  • Mark Fiedorczyk, Lenape Valley High School (Stanhope, NJ)
  • Kathleen Brennan, Mount Saint Mary Academy (Watchung, NJ)
  • Debra Serafin, Mater Dei Prep (Middletown, NJ)

New Mexico

  • Sandra Roberson, Gateway Christian School (Roswell, NM)

New York

  • Christine Boulé, Seton Catholic High School (Plattsburgh, NY)
  • Catherine Nason, Ellicottville Central School District (Ellicottville, NY)
  • Renée Nelson, KIPP NYC College Prep (Bronx, NY)
  • Kristen Casto, Orchard Park High School (Orchard Park, NY)

North Dakota

  • Katie Kohoutek, Lidgerwood High School (Lidgerwood, ND)
  • Amber Krapp, Pingree-Buchanan High School (Pingree, ND)
  • Kim Lorenz, Hatton-Eielson Public School (Hatton, ND)

North Carolina (prior to adoption of statewide guarantee)

  • Jill Clayton, Roxboro Community High School (Roxboro, NC)
  • Mary Stockham, Pinnacle Classical Academy (Shelby, NC)
  • Elizabeth Mosley, Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools (Charlotte, NC) [32 high schools]

Ohio

  • Mark Rairigh, Bryan City Schools (Bryan, OH)
  • Susan Miller, St. Vincent St. Mary High School (Akron, OH)
  • Donna Rindler, St. Henry Schools (St. Henry, OH)

Pennsylvania

  • Christina Lutz-Doemling, Catasauqua Area High School (Catasauqua, PA)
  • Patricia Bealmear, New Oxford High School (New Oxford, PA)
  • Stephanie Ziegmont, Southern Columbia High School (Catawissa, PA)
  • Kenneth Bissell, Greensburg-Salem High School (Greensburg, PA)
  • Victoria De Roner, Pennsylvania Distance Learning Charter (Sewickley, PA)
  • Rachel Litzinger, Tyrone Area High School (Tyrone, PA)
  • Mandi Kercher, Brandywine Heights Area High School (Topton, PA)
  • Sarah Gracey, Kiski Area High School (Vandergrift, PA)
  • Hilary Donahue, Student Learning Charter School at Pennsbury (Levittown, PA)
  • Linda Keiser, Montoursville Area High School (Montoursville, PA)

South Carolina

  • William Joy, Lucy Garrett Beckham High School (Mount Pleasant, SC)

South Dakota

  • Lana Main, West Central School (Hartford, SD)

Texas

  • Jennifer Jones, Sam Rayburn High School (Ivanhoe, TX)
  • Ashli Cheung, Fairhill School (Dallas, TX)

Virginia (*only independent schools eligible in VA due to statewide guarantee)

Vermont

  • Mary Brouillette, Bellows Free Academy (St. Albans, VT)

Washington

  • Mark Bloom, Eastmont School District (East Wenatchee, WA)

West Virginia

Wisconsin

  • Joe Russom, Menasha High School (Menasha, WI)
  • Lynn Paulson, Rosholt High School (Rosholt, WI)
  • Cathy Smith, Bayfield High School (Bayfield, WI)
  • Melissa Wiese, Reedsville High School (Reedsville, WI)
  • Jessica Mueller, Baraboo High School (Baraboo, WI)
  • Alana Eder, Oconto High School (Oconto, WI)
  • Patrick Kubeny, Rhinelander High School (Rhinelander, WI)
  • Stephanie Esser, Lincoln Senior High School (Alma Center, WI)
  • Christina Blindauer, Roncalli High School (Maitowoc, WI)
  • Kyle Ebel, Dodgeville High School (Dodgeville, WI)
  • Dawn Woychik, Independence High School (Independence, WI)
  • Sharon Steinke, Osseo-Fairchild High School (Osseo, WI)
  • Joey Zocher, Escuela Verde (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Michael Cassidy, Mount Horeb High School (Mount Horeb, WI)
  • Michael Kosmalski, Prescott High School (Prescott, WI)
  • Paul Schley, Cornell High School (Cornell, WI)

“Behind each of these decisions to guarantee personal finance for ALL students is a story - a teacher, an administrator, a board member, a student, or a parent group whose passion, commitment and persistence led to this amazing and much needed accomplishment,” said NGPF Co-Founder, Tim Ranzetta. “I’m excited to see the momentum behind this initiative occurring across the United States and the community rallying behind Mission: 2030. We have a decade to work together so that by 2030, all high school students will refer to personal finance as 'the class that they are so glad they had.' "

Each school awarded an NGPF Gold Standard Challenge grant receives up to $10,000 to support their personal finance program as they scale up to reach all their students. Each district encompassing 3 or more high schools receives up to $30,000 to support their new graduation requirement across all high schools within the district. NGPF doubled its original grant allocation to $2 million in June 2020, with the funds dispersed on a first-come-first-served basis.

About Next Gen Personal Finance

Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), has become the "one-stop shop" for more than 51,000 educators looking for high-quality, engaging personal finance curriculum to equip students with the skills to thrive in the future. NGPF curriculum has a broad reach, with more than 7 out of 10 U.S. high school students attending schools where a teacher utilizes NGPF resources. NGPF supports educators with the most comprehensive suite of PD: 7,000+ teachers participated in more than 130,000 hours of NGPF professional development in 2020-'21. The non-profit has been recognized by Common Sense Education as a “Top Website for Teachers to Find Lesson Plans” and “Best Business and Finance Games.”

NGPF will provide periodic updates and guest posts as more grants are awarded through the NGPF Gold Standard Challenge grant program, a $2 million grant program to catalyze the Mission: 2030 movement. Additional details, including eligibility requirements, are available here. If eligible, apply before the Aug 31, 2022 deadline or before the fund is fully allocated - funds issued on a first-come-first-served basis.

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.