Feb 21, 2017

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to FinLit Mover and Shaker Brett Burkey


He’s written personal finance workbooks, successfully lobbied Florida legislators, trained hundreds of teachers and taught thousands of students in his career. Oh, he also was a pioneer in bringing a blended learning model into his classroom. Who’s “he”? That would be educator Brett Burkey who took time to appear on the NGPF podcast to share insights from his incredible career. From the statehouse to the classroom, Brett describes how he was able to engage his audience to bring about change. Enjoy!


  • 0:00~1:03 – Introduction
  • 1:03~2:02 – Brett’s job
  • 2:02~3:32 – Demographic of students in his classroom
  • 3:32~5:58 – Decision to switch schools recently
  • 5:58~8:40 – How he has incorporated personal finance into his economics classes
  • 8:40~10:08 – Opening a student run credit union branch
  • 10:08~11:55 – Creation of a personal finance workbook
  • 11:55~15:01 – Favorite lesson
  • 15:01~16:52 – How he tackles the student debt issue
  • 16:52~22:40 – Expanding access to personal finance in Florida schools
  • 22:40~25:23 – Dedicating personal finance benchmarks
  • 25:23~28:15 – Blended learning
  • 28:15~31:30 – Challenges to start blended learning
  • 31:30~31:58 – A word from our sponsor, Next Gen Personal Finance
  • 31:58~37:56 – Favorite online resources
  • 37:56~40:44 – Investment strategy
  • 40:44~44:37 – Mindset of buying stocks when everyone is selling
  • 44:37~47:13 – Investing for retirement
  • 47:13~50:28 – Favorite book
  • 50:28~51:06 – Parting thoughts
  • 51:06~51:46 – Conclusion

Notable quote:

“If you are passionate about a particular subject, the kids see it. I think a lot of students have benefited from my passion for personal finance.”

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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