Jun 13, 2022

Extra Mile Award: NGPF Certification Courses

How many teachers do you think have completed all 12 NGPF Certification Courses? 

This week, we’re celebrating the achievements of educators from the 2021-2022 school year! Today, we recognize the teachers who completed all 12 NGPF Certification Courses - a commitment of 120 hours spent becoming more confident, qualified, and ready for their classroom.

NGPF offers virtual Certification Courses focused on a single personal finance topic. Educators strengthen their content knowledge with 9 hours of live instruction and are assessed through a hourlong exam. The topics of these courses include investing, insurance, behavioral economics and paying for college. We added two new Certification Courses this year based on teacher requests: Behavioral Economics and Cryptocurrency Basics. 

These courses have proven quite popular with teachers earning 3,343 certifications in the 2021-22 school year and a total of 9,473 total certifications since launch in June of 2020. NGPF Academy recognizes and rewards educators who participate in NGPF professional development. Teachers earn NGPF swag as their credit hours accumulate. You are automatically enrolled in the NGPF Academy when you participate in a Virtual PD, complete an On-Demand module or crush an NGPF Certification Course

The envelope please...congratulations to the 23 teachers who have successfully completed all 12 NGPF Certifications to date! 

Ambassador V. Mitchell from Missouri State University (MO)

Antonin Biot from Rising Tide Community Business Academy (NJ)

Areerat Lertchaipitak from Olivet College (MI)

Cat Cranmer from Southeast High School (KS)

Chelli Cranmer from Andover High School (KS)

Christopher Storm from West York Area High School (PA)

Daria Hall from Harding University High School (NC)

David Calkins from Schlarman Academy (IL)

Jacqueline Collins from Mansfield High School (MA)

Kathi Reed from Hopkinsville High School (KY)

Kathy Thompson from St. Pius X High School (MO)

Kelle Griffin from Brookline High School (MA)

Kimberly Simington from Milton Hershey School (PA)

Krista Matyska from Bridges Virtual Academy (WI)

Lori Hansen from Abington Senior High School (PA)

Maggie Robles from Hybrid School of Innovation (CA)

Melissa Gordon from Ann Arbor Huron High School (MI)

Shawn Brigham from Naaman Forest High School (TX)

Sheila Miller from Newfound Regional High School (NH)

Susan Comparato from Swampscott High School (MA)

Tamaine Prince from KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School (GA)

Thuy Nguyen from National University (CA)

Toula Foufas from Carle Place High School (NY)


We also wanted to recognize those educators who completed the most NGPF Certification Courses in the past school year. Each of the teachers below earned 7 or more certifications in the past 12 months and are well on their way to earning 12 also! 

Aimee Sangster from New Renaissance Middle School (FL)

Allison Evans from Leaves of Learning (OH)

Amy Richmond from Palo Verde High School (NV)

Amy Schriever from Outschool (UT)

Camela Gertner from Naugatuck Valley Community College (CT)

Cassandra Yang from Operation HOPE (CA)

Christina Gamble from Sutton High School (MA)

Suman Kaur from Homeschool (VA)

Rick London from United Way-SLO (CA)

Kurchi Basu from Breakthrough Houston (TX)

Lisa Sypek from Sutton High School (MA)

Maria Brooks from Seneca Valley Senior High School (PA)

Marti Diaz from Milwaukee Public Schools (WI)

Pam Shaulis from Mount Pleasant Area High School (PA)

Patricia Richter from Centereach High School (NY)

Shannon Kenagy from Horn Lake High School (MS)

Trang Thai from SUNY Brockport (NY)


Find out who completed the most NGPF On-Demand modules and earned the Extra Mile Award for that category. 

About the Author

Hannah Rael

As NGPF's Marketing Communications Manager, Hannah (she/her) helps spread the word about NGPF's mission to improve the financial lives of the next generation of Americans.

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