Apr 03, 2017

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To NGPF Fellow Amy McCabe of Culpeper High School (Virginia)


Thanks to Amy McCabe for taking the time to participate in this recent NGPF Podcast. I got to know Amy during our inaugural Summer Institute in 2016 and was struck by her passion for teaching and for ensuring her students get the skills they need to succeed in their financial lives. In this podcast, you will learn from Amy what it’s like to teach in a state with a personal finance mandate. She discusses her approach to teaching challenging topics, such as investing and insurance and how she injects story-telling into her lessons. You will also discover what Amy bought for $10 recently that brought great joy into her life. Enjoy!


  • 0:00~1:12 – Introduction
  • 1:12~3:45 – Where Amy works and what she does
  • 3:45~7:08 – How personal finance is taught at Amy’s high school
  • 7:08~10:20 – State support for personal finance education
  • 10:20~13:15 – Favorite lesson to teach
  • 13:15~17:00 – How she teaches investing
  • 17:00~18:58 – Experience in the financial industry
  • 18:58~20:36 – Student blindspots
  • 20:36~20:54 – A word from our sponsor, Next Gen Personal Finance
  • 20:54~24:47 – Students with checking accounts and over-drafting
  • 24:47~26:58 – Teaching insurance
  • 26:58~30:45 – Importance of storytelling in the personal finance classroom
  • 30:45~33:53 – Her experience at the NGPF Summer Institute
  • 33:53~36:02 – Best thing bought for under $10
  • 36:02~36:57  Right time to get a credit card
  • 36:57~38:56 – Right amount of student debt
  • 38:56~40:24 – Her weekly text to every student in the country
  • 40:24~41:37 – Conclusion
Resource mentioned:
  • “One thing I really struggle with teaching is actually checking accounts. It always surprises me that it is difficult for them to want to learn about reconciling a bank statement or balance their checkbooks.”

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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