Sep 06, 2022
Professional Development

NEW Distinguished Educator Awards achieved!

NGPF proudly recognizes the highly credentialed teachers who have achieved the status of NGPF Distinguished Educator by earning any combination of 6 or more NGPF Certifications. Who earned the award during Certification Cohorts 25 and 26 in July and August?

When you accomplish the professional development feat of 6+ Certification Courses earned, you receive:

  • A physical NGPF Distinguished Educator plaque for your classroom,
  • Special recognition on the NGPF website, and
  • An exclusive NEW digital badge for your email & online resume

Other details:

Introducing the NEW Distinguished Educators (recently achieved in Cohorts 25 & 26)


Alexandra Castillo from The FLY Initiative (RI)

Amy Thompson from Frewsburg Central School (NY)

Bonita Adams from Springfield High School (OH)

Brian Wiesner from International School Of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Candice Comeaux from Stoughton High School (MA)

Cheryl Muscha from Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School (WI)

Christine Kelly from Shenendehowa High School (NY)

Daniel Naffier from Rufus King International High School (WI)

David Ohara from Piedra Vista High School (NM)

Deborah Manning from Simsbury High School (CT)

Debra Groves from Unity Reed High School (VA)

Erica Edwards from Low Country Virtual Academy (SC)

James Meadows from Gretna High School (VA)

Jamie Merna from Penfield Senior High School (NY)

Janine Hendershot from Macomb ISD (MI)

Jean Smith from Focus Beyond Transition Services (MN)

Jennifer Cox from Suwannee Correctional Institution (FL)

Jennifer McKeone from Hamburg High School (NY)

Jill Taylor from Lowell High School (MA)

Jing Kubota from Frederick Douglass Academy (NY)

Jodi Behrendt from Treynor Community School (IA)

John Diesel from Springdale Public Schools (AR)

Jonathan Pitt from North Brunswick High School (NJ)

Karan O'Sullivan from Metcalfe County High School (KY)

Kimberly Barnhart from The Sharon Academy (VT)

Kimberly Slater from Cinnaminson High School (NJ)

Lucy Delgadillo from Utah State University (UT)

Lynne Perry from Park High School (MT)

Marcus Allen from Brooklyn Technical High School (NY)

Marie Rauch from Project For Alternative Learning (MT)

Matthew Falbo from Bloomingdale High School (FL)

Michael Smith from Berkner High School (TX)

Michelle Hopkins from Central York Middle School (PA)

Nilka Acosta from All City Leadership Secondary School (NY)

Niya Motin from AmeriCorps VISTA (GA)

Paul Kuzmich from Oak Ridge High School (CA)

Paul Cushing from Academy for Math Engineering & Science (UT)

Penny Allen from Christian School Of York (PA)

Robin Hernandez from Whittier High School (CA)

Shaye Matthews from Georgetown Middle/High School (MA)

Sheila Kroseberg from Waupaca High School (WI)

Sherryl Proctor from Vantage Career Center (OH)

Stacy Zeiger from Cumberland Christian School (NJ)

Suzette Brown from School of BTMF (NJ)

Tamara Gordon from Centennial Academy (GA)

Tara Kelley from Harwood Union High School (VT)

Terri King from Odessa High School (TX)

Tess Miner-Farra from Winter Sports School (UT)

Tracy Martin from Milwaukee High School Of The Arts (WI)

Tronie Gunn, Homeschool (TX)

Valerie Silver from Downtown Doral Charter Upper School (FL)

Wayne Taylor from Lowell High School (MA)


Click here to see the first 500 teachers to earned the lifetime NGPF Distinguished Educator Award. 


About the Authors

Hannah Rael

As NGPF's Marketing Communications Manager, Hannah (she/her) helps spread the word about NGPF's mission to improve the financial lives of the next generation of Americans.

Christian Sherrill

Former teacher, forever financial education nerd. As NGPF's Director of Growth & Advocacy, Christian is laser-focused on our mission to guarantee all students a rigorous personal finance course before crossing the high school graduation stage. Having paid down over $40k in student loans in the span of 3 years - while living in the Bay Area on an entry level teacher's salary - he's eager to help the next generation avoid financial pitfalls one semester at a time.

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