NGPF Podcast: Educators Tanya Battista, Jenny Trieu and Heidi Robison on the value of NGPF Certification Courses

Oct 23, 2020
Podcasts, Professional Development

This week I invited Tanya of International Institute of Minnesota, Jenny of Boston Community Leadership Academy (MA) and Heidi of King George High School (VA) to the NGPF Podcast. They shared something in common: each earned NGPF Certifications in 7 different content areas through their work this summer and into the fall. Certification courses are offered by NGPF in Credit, Investing, Advanced Investing, Insurance, Paying for College, Banking and Budgeting and Taxes. In this podcast, you will hear these amazing educators discuss their motivation for taking these courses and the impact these courses had on their instruction this fall. Finally, they will also discuss a secondary benefit of how they have incorporated what they learned in their own financial lives. Enjoy!


  • 0:00~1:15 Introduction
  • 1:15~4:09 Tanya, Jenny, and Heidi’s backgrounds
  • 4:09~6:37 Motivations to take the certification courses
  • 6:37~8:43 What’s it like taking a certification course?
  • 8:43~12:47 What did you get out of taking the courses?
  • 12:47~15:42 Changes they made on their own financial lives after taking the courses
  • 15:42~16:06 A word from NGPF
  • 16:06~18:12 Ideas for future certification course topics
  • 18:12~20:28 Why commit to a certification course?
  • 20:28~21:43 Conclusion 



  • “Not only did we get your [NGPF] material, but other people were putting things in the chat, like resources that you can use that fit just right in. It was like a giant brainstorm. Yes, we were learning but we were learning from everybody.” -Heidi

  • “We go through a lot of material [in the certification courses] and there’s an exam at the end to make sure you know your stuff. There’s a lot of shared resources, teachers talk to each other, and share strategies of how they approach different topics so that’s been really great for me.”-Jenny

  • “Watching all of the different teaching styles really helped me… Just seeing how ‘okay, you’re presenting this idea but this is completely different from anything I would come up with on my own’ was valuable. All the resources are awesome too but just even watching the different teaching styles and how information is being presented, I really really appreciated that.” -Tanya


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About the Authors

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.

Ren Makino

Ren has been working part-time at NGPF since 2014, interning through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, after graduating from college in 2020, he joined the team to work full time with a focus on teacher onboarding. He is also the editor of the NGPF podcast and makes sure it is accessible to teachers on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world and try out new brewing methods, even though personal finance gurus tend to caution against buying a cup of joe.