May 31, 2016

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Kerri Herrild of De Pere High School (WI) About A Project To Engage Parents


Thanks to Kerri Herrild, Business Teacher at  De Pere High School (WI) for joining me on the NGPF podcast recently. We recently honored Kerri as anNGPF Teacher-Innovator for her “Personal Finance Goal-Setting and Expense Tracking project.” In this project which stretches over the course of a month, Kerri has her students set financial goals, track their daily spending and write several reflections about what they learned in the process (hint: it might have something to do with food spending!). The students then share their written report with their parents. Listen to this podcast to hear Kerri share a surprising revelation about a student of hers that she learned in the course of this project.


  • 0:00~1:05 – Introduction
  • 1:05~5:13 – Kerri describes the project project
  • 5:13~7:30 – Dealing with socioeconomic diversity
  • 7:30~11:12 – Surprises and inspiring stories
  • 11:12~11:38 – A word from our sponsor
  • 11:38~17:54 – Engaging parents with the project
  • 17:54~19:23 – Implementing the project in your class
  • 19:23 – 20:23 – Conclusion
Notable Quotes:
  • “We [teachers] are pushed to do a lot of collaborative work but this is one area where I want the students to feel safe and so I explain to them to look at this as an individual basis and be honest with yourself and be honest with me as a teacher”
  • “Money is personal and money is emotional”
  • “Teenager’s don’t talk at home, and so this is a way of looking inside their heads and sharing what their actually thinking”


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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