Jan 09, 2024

Hats Off to the First 51 Personal Finance Educators to Earn a Personal Finance Graduate Certificate from ASU

Please help NGPF congratulate the FIRST 51 educators to receive a Personal Finance Graduate Certificate for Educators from Arizona State University, which were presented today! After completing NGPF’s Investing, Advanced Investing, Credit, and Insurance certification courses, these participants were awarded NGPF scholarships to take two graduate courses with Arizona State University because of their dedication to personal finance education. 

In August 2023, Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business began a partnership with NGPF to create a personal finance certificate program for K-12 teachers, allowing them to earn college credit for professional development. The program consists of two online courses: Investment Management for Educators (3 credits), which focuses on a framework for planning and implementing investment strategies, and Risk Management for Educators (3 credits), which focuses on identifying, measuring, and mitigating sources of risk. 


Congrats to the 51 educators who earned the Personal Finance Graduate Certificate for Educators! 

  • Aimee Kerr from Monte Vista High (CA)
  • Ambassador Mitchell from Missouri State University (MO)
  • Amy Amber from Mundelein High School (IL)
  • Angela Newton from Riverside High School (KS)
  • Ann-Marie Linz from Watchung Hills Regional High School (NJ)
  • Brenda Crosetto from Warwick High School (PA)
  • Brent Bernier from D.R. Hill Middle School (SC)
  • Carolyn Cooper from Paving Your Way Forward (CA)
  • Charisse Woodward from Western School Corp (IN)
  • Christopher Storm from West York Area High School (PA)
  • Courtney Poquette from Winooski High School (VT)
  • Daria Hall from Harding University High School (NC)
  • Dawn Kosko from Absegami High School (NJ)
  • Debbie Savino from Pacific Crest Online Academy (WA)
  • Diane Richards from Trumbull High School (CT)
  • Diane Mondoro from Franklin High School (NJ)
  • Emily Larson from Mahtomedi High School (MN)
  • Jeff Watkins from Yuba County Career Preparatory Charter (CA) 
  • Jennifer Murphy from Briarcliff High School (NY)
  • Jennifer Sharp from The Villages Charter School (FL)
  • Jenny Trieu from Boston Community Leadership Academy (MA)
  • Jessica Morey from Buccholz High School (FL)
  • Joey Running from West Albany High School (OR)
  • Julia Wright from ASU Global Academy (AZ)
  • Kayla Kennedy from Natrona County High School (WY)
  • Kimberly Barnhart from Sharon Academy (VT)
  • Kimberly Simington from Milton Hershey School (PA)
  • Krista Matyska from Bridges Virtual Academy (WI)
  • Kristen Hermida from Wake Forest High School (NC)
  • Kristy Eidson from Macks Creek High School (MO)
  • Lawrence Parker from Western Branch High School (VA)
  • Loraine Fredericks-Thompson from High Point High School (MD)
  • Mary Beth Tomlinson from Downington STEM Academy (PA)
  • Mary Cousins from Rogers High School (RI)
  • Matthew Falbo from Bloomington Senior High School (FL)
  • Merl Corpuz from El Cerrito High (CA)
  • Nancy Koczera from Woonsocket High School (RI)
  • Paul Bastedo from Viewpoint School (CA)
  • Phoebe Swank from Dixie Heights High School (KY)
  • Rebecca Morlan from La Junta Jr/Sr High School (CO)
  • Robbin Faulkner from Wake Forest High School (NC)
  • Rose Gieseke from Emmaus High School (PA)
  • Ryan Wood from Citi Boces (NY)
  • Selinda Neal from George S. Patton Continuation High School (CA)
  • Shannon Kenagy from Horn Lake High School (MS)
  • Susan Comparato from Swampscott High School (MA)
  • Tamara Andrew from Hotchkiss (CT)
  • Tammi Campbell from Airport High School (SC)
  • Tracy Laird from Prairie Grove High School (AR)
  • Valerie Silver from Downtown Doral Charter Upper School (FL)
  • Walter Petig Jr from Exeter High School (NH)


Are you interested in participating in this program?   

If you are interested in participating, be sure to have the prerequisite NGPF certification courses completed by mid-April 2024 to be eligible for ASU’s Summer 2024 cohort. 

Sign up now for your next NGPF Certification course

ASU’s Investment Management for Educators
Prerequisites: NGPF’s Investing and Advanced Investing Certification course

ASU’s Risk Management for Educators
Prerequisites: NGPF’s Insurance and Credit Certification courses

**All eligible educators who have met the prerequisite requirements automatically receive an email from NGPF with more information closer to paperwork deadlines.

About the Author

Chris Salm

Chris (ella/she/her) joined NGPF full-time as a project manager and Spanish translator after 13 years as an educator in NY. She is a graduate of St. Louis University in Madrid, Spain with a degree in International Business. She has a Masters in Teaching from Pace University in New York and a certification in translation from NYU. She brings organizational skills to the team at NGPF, helping to ensure every high school student graduates financially literate. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and going back home to Spain with her husband and two children. She also enjoys running with her dog and exploring nature.

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