Dec 16, 2020

2020 NGPF Extra Mile Award Recipients: Going Above and Beyond with NGPF PD


Six months into the NGPF Academy year, we wanted to take this opportunity to recognize a group of teachers who have gone the "extra mile" through their commitment to professional development. 

  • The NGPF Extra Mile Award - Certification Course goes to educators who have completed ALL 8 of NGPF's Certification Courses. NGPF Certification Courses build teacher content knowledge through 9 hours of live instruction and successful completion of a certification exam. Since June of this year, more than 3600 certifications have been earned and these 33 teachers have demonstrated excellence in Investing, Advanced Investing, Behavioral Finance, Insurance, Taxes, Paying for College, Banking and Budgeting and Credit. 
  • The NGPF Extra Mile Award - Virtual PDs goes to educators whose commitment to NGPF Virtual PDs since June 2020 ranked them in the top 1% based on the NGPF Academy credits they earned for attending Virtual PDs. NGPF Virtual PDs engage educators through live, hands-on workshops focused on curriculum, content, pedagogy and tech tools and are offered 15 times per week. 


Varun Gupta from Wharton County Junior College (TX)

Shawn Brigham from Naaman Forest High School (TX)

Jennifer Pratt Houston Alternative School (MS)

Marilyn Cagan from Mohave District Annex Homebound Program (AZ)

Loretta Duppins from Northwestern High School (MD)

Jere Minter from Seneca High School (KY)

Maribeth Cornell from Windham Regional Career Center (VT)

Cynthia Kele from Chicopee High School (MA)

Lori Hughes from Waukesha East Alternative School (WI)

Treve Bonser from Davidson Academy (NV)

Jay LeBlanc from Econ Lit Colorado (CO)

Kimberly Christian from Valdosta Middle School (GA)

Scott Herman from Belleville High School (NJ)

Kimberly Simington from Milton Hershey School (PA)

Andrea Fields from St Amant High School (LA)

Therese Nguyen from James Monroe Elementary (CA)

Kristen Hermida from Wake Forest High School (NC)

Amanda Lucero from Sharyland High School (TX)

Ambassador V. Mitchell from Missouri State University (MO)

Kelly Ydrovo from Carlstadt Public School (NJ)

Stacee Bonner from Columbus Middle School (MS)

Sylvia Leal from Platt High School (CT)

JaRhondaLynn Cameron from Piedmont G.L.O.B.A.L. Academy (TX)

Erica Jethroe from Columbus Middle School (MS)

Angela Johnson from (MD)

Tom Arnold from Everett Elementary School (CA)

Tiffany L. Chambers from East St. John High School (LA)

Erma L. Pemberton Charlotte Amalie High School (VI)

Kay Johnson from DM Therrell High School (GA)

Joan Kane from Trinity High School (IL)

Heidi Robison from King George High School (VA)

Joel Gruwell from Yuba City High School (CA)

Dawn Finley from Beekmantown Middle School (NY)

Mary Awich from Piscataway High School (NJ)

Patricia Butcher from Passaic County Technical Institute (NJ)

Ellise Wolff from Archie Cole Middle School (RI)

Pamela Bobiles from Chiawana High School (WA)

Sandy Keaton from Keaton Audiology, UTLA (CA)



Godfrey Aguwa Jr. of Dollars & Cents University (MI)

Danielle Ambrose (CA)

Erica Ballard from Phoenix Academics (MI)

Tanya Battista from International Institute Of Minnesota (MN)

Treve Bonser from Davidson Academy (NV)

Shawn Brigham from Naaman Forest High School (TX)

Tammi Campbell from Airport High School (SC)

Catherine Chang from Success High School (TX)

Susan Comparato from Swampscott High School (MA)

Merl Corpuz from Secondary Home Instruction/Gateway To College (CA)

Cat Cranmer from Wellington Middle School (KS)

Chelli Cranmer from Andover High School (KS)

Brenda Crosetto from Warwick High School (PA)

Kent Fisher from Highlands Community Charter School (CA)

Melissa Gordon from Ann Arbor Huron High School (MI)

Varun Gupta from Wharton County Junior College (TX)

Daria Hall from Harding University High School (NC)

Lori Hansen from Abington Senior High (PA)

Joan Kane from Trinity High School (IL)

Areerat Lertchaipitak from Olivet College (MI)

Mary Miller from Centre K-12 School (KS)

Sheila Miller from Newfound Regional High School (NH)

Ambassador V. Mitchell from Missouri State University (MO)

Megan Pintus from John Marshall High School (WV)

Jacqueline Prester from Mansfield High School (MA)

Richard Reichart from Reading High School (PA)

Heidi Robison from King George High School (VA)

Christopher Storm from West York Area High School (PA)

Donna Stubbe from Superior High School (WI)

Kristin Tarrant from Libertyville High School (IL)

Jenny Trieu from Boston Community Leadership Academy (MA)

Molly Tyson from Lorain High School (OH)

Pat Yoshiwara from Crossroads High School (CA)


Thank you for your passion for financial education and commitment to strengthen this awesome community of personal finance educators. You inspire us everyday and strengthen our resolve to reach for the ambitious goal of #Mission 2030: By 2030, all students will take a one semester personal finance course before graduating from high school. We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2021!!!

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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