My Classroom Podcast: How Business Teachers Approach Personal Finance
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. Each week we speak with teachers who share timely tips, resources, and teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately in your classroom.
This week, we welcome Jacqueline Collins and Alex Lamon. They will share the approach that business educators take when teaching personal finance.
- Jacqueline Collins is in her 15th year at Mansfield Public Schools where she was the 2021 National Business Teacher of the Year. She is an NGPF Fellow and National Board Certified Teacher who specializes in Business, Marketing, and Financial Services. She has served in leadership roles for a number of state and national organizations.
- Alex Lamon is in his 8th year of teaching and currently focuses on AP Economics, Investing, and Personal Finance at a nationally ranked high school outside of New York City. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Education and a Master's degree in Education. He frequently speaks at national conferences.
Their favorite NGPF activities are:
- ARCADE GAME: Time for Payback
- MOVE: Let’s Make a Mutual Fund
- INTERACTIVE: Can You Make it as an Uber Driver? [Career Unit]
- INTERACTIVE: Can You Make it as an Uber Driver? [Modified for the Taxes Unit]
- PLAY: Guess How Much Is In The Jar
- EdPuzzle Videos [Type EdPuzzle in the search bar]
Both highly recommend joining the FinLit Fanatics group (6,000+ teachers), where teachers share resources and best practices.
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About the Author
Making a difference in the lives of students through financial capability is Brian’s greatest passion. He comes to NGPF after fifteen years of public school teaching where he was the ‘11 Ohio Department of Education recipient of a Milken National Educator Award, the CEE Forbes Award winner, and a Money Magazine/CNN "Money Hero". He served on the working group for President Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He has private school experience as a Trustee for the Cincinnati Country Day School and was a past Ohio Jump$tart President. Brian holds a BBA and M.Ed. When Brian isn’t working alongside his NGPF teammates he is likely spending time with his wife, three children, and dog; hiking, or watching Ohio State football.
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