Mar 12, 2021

NGPF Podcast: Kiara Slaton on launching a new personal finance course


This week's podcast starts with Yanely describing what high schoolers need to know about LinkedIn. Next, I talk to Kiara Slaton of Palm Beach Gardens Community High School (FL). She stepped up to lead the new personal finance course at her school. She shares why she cares so much about personal finance, her approach to grabbing students' attention and why she weaves an aspirational tone to her teaching. Enjoy! 


  • 0:00~0:30 Introduction
  • 0:30~6:59 Current Events with Yanely: Level Up Your LinkedIn
  • 6:59~7:30 A word from NGPF
  • 7:30~9:02 Introducing this week’s guest: Kiara Slaton
  • 9:02~10:29 Teaching at Palm Beach Gardens High School
  • 10:29~11:43 Favorite entrepreneurial student idea
  • 11:43~15:00 Growing up collecting pennies and old bills
  • 15:00~16:39 The personal finance elective at the school
  • 16:39~17:23 Most engaging personal finance topics
  • 17:23~18:23 How to talk about the Gamestop frenzy
  • 18:23~21:36 Stories from the classroom
  • 21:36~22:35 Importance of being culturally aware when teaching
  • 22:35~25:07 Making investing interesting through chicken nuggets
  • 25:07~26:09 The aspirational nature of personal finance classes
  • 26:09~27:15 Looking to expand the elective
  • 27:15~28:31 On coaching basketball and owning a league
  • 28:31~29:38 Conclusion


  • FinCap Friday: Level Up Your LinkedIn
  • Kiara’s Basketball League: She Hoops Elite


“At the end of the day, the dollar is green and it spends like it spends. And we need to know how to manage it.”


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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 started interning at NGPF in 2014, and worked part-time through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, he joined the team to work full-time after graduating from college in 2020. He is also the producer of the NGPF podcast. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world.

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