NGPF Podcast: Young Professional Preenon Huq Describes Tremendous Impact Of His Finance Class in High School

Jul 19, 2019

It's conversations like these that provide such clear evidence about the impact that finance education can have on young people's lives. Preenon Huq benefited greatly from taking NGPF Fellow's James Redelsheimer's class while he was a student at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School  (MN). It's a course that is still paying dividends for him today (sorry but I couldn't resist). Listen to how Preenon has navigated his way to a rewarding career path and how he's giving back to the school and teacher that made a difference in his life. Enjoy this inspiring podcast!


  • 0:00~2:10 Introduction
  • 2:10~7:17 Process of finding an internship and working in the money room
  • 7:17~12:39 Preenon’s personal finance story
  • 12:39~14:56 Giving back to his high school
  • 14:56~15:32 A word from NGPF 
  • 15:32~16:50 Memorable high school lesson
  • 16:50~18:24 Learning about investing
  • 18:24~20:16 Why personal finance is important
  • 20:16~24:10 Important skills to have for the post-high school transition
  • 24:10~26:09 Advice for teachers
  • 26:09~28:27 Getting over the challenge of networking
  • 28:27~29:26 Conclusion



  • “No matter what job you do, whether you’re a doctor, mailman, or even a teacher, if you invest in personal finance you’re going to make it. It doesn’t matter if you make $100,000 a year if at the end of the year you are spending $110,000 or $120,000.”

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.