Schools in the News

Oct 25, 2017
Schools In News, Featured Teachers, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy
  • Mt. Ararat educator honored for teaching financial literacy (The Times Record)

Jeanne Billings of Mt. Ararat High School is the 2017-18 recipient of the Financial Educator of the Year Award by the Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. Billings teaches the Independent Living Class at Mt. Ararat High School, where she incorporates technology, personal examples, community organizations and practical assignments, according to the coalition.

From balancing a checkbook to making a budget to planning for retirement, the lessons of personal finance can stay with students for a lifetime. At the October meeting of the Fort Thomas Board of Education, Marlee Barton, a family and consumer science teacher at Highlands High and Highlands Middle schools, was honored for her work teaching middle school students the ins and outs of day-to-day finance.

  • Illinois financial literacy standards take effect (

Illinois schools will be required to teach financial literacy skills such as balancing a checkbook and putting money into a savings account this school year. The Illinois State Board of Education adopted revised social science standards in 2015, according to The Springfield Journal-Register.

The CFO of Campus USA Credit Union met with her high school finance teacher, who inspired her to go into accounting.

  • Eldorado students get head start on careers in the kitchen (KRQE News 13)

Students in the Pro-star/Food Services class at Eldorado High School are cooking up a storm. The students in the culinary arts program are learning all the ins and outs of the kitchen, and making pretty high class meals while they’re at it.


About the Author

Laura Matchett

After graduating with an education degree and spending 7 years in an elementary classroom, Laura made the switch to the non-profit world and loves interacting with students, educators and business professionals across the country. She is passionate about all students having access to high quality education and views personal finance education as one way to ‘level the playing field’. When Laura is not locating or creating high quality educational resources, you can find her mountain biking or searching for the best ramen in town!