May 04, 2016

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks With 2016 NGPF Teacher-Innovator Award Winners

In this podcast episode, we speak to three NGPF Teacher-Innovator Award Winners. Each year, during Financial Literacy Month, NGPF recognizes educators with an inventive and innovative streak. Chosen from dozens of submissions, these award winners projects stood out for their creativity and how they took challenging topics and brought them to life for students.

You will enjoy hearing each of these educators describe their projects, including what inspired them to create it, the details on how their projects actually work in the classroom and the student feedback that tells them these activities are achieving their learning objectives.

Enjoy my conversations with the Teacher-Innovators:

  • Danielle Trouve, a Business Teacher at Chelmsford High School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts uses her activity “Egg and Spoon Insurance and Probability” to bring the concept of insurance to life for her students. What an eggcellent idea (sorry I couldn’t resist)!
  • Lisa Bender, Personal Finance Educator at Southern Garrett High School in Oakland, Maryland, submitted a project “Prepping for Success: Exploring College and Career” which which takes a student-centered approach to career exploration and offers choices (using a Tic-Tac-Toe game board) for how students present their work.

For more details about the award winners and their projects, be sure to check out our May 2nd press release.


  • 0:00~1:10 – Introduction
  • 1:10~13:54  – Danielle Trouve 
  • 13:54~14:13 – A word from our sponsor
  • 14:13~31:51 – Lisa Bender
  • 31:51~32:07 – A word from our sponsor
  • 32:07~44:47 –  Dave Soldner

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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