Oct 07, 2020

My Classroom, Episode #4: Embracing Change

NGPF’s My Classroom is a 10-15 minute weekly podcast series that will follow the lives and classrooms of four rock star teachers and NGPF Fellows.  Each teacher is from a different area of the country, a different type of school, and currently teaching in a different environment (virtual, face-to-face, hybrid)  but are determined to make their learning environment as great as it can be during COVID. 


In Episode #4, Kerri, Tony, Courtney, and Julius share specific tools and techniques they are using to engage students in the classroom. All of them are embracing the change this unique school year has brought and all of them mention Nearpod as a tool that has increased student engagement while teaching in a remote or blended environment. We will focus on Courtney who, of all four teachers, has the most unique teaching schedule but accepts the challenge and continues to have a positive attitude and inspiring outlook. 


Meet The Teachers





Missed the previous episodes? 

  • Episode #1 (13 min) How they are building relationships with their students 
  • Episode #2 (12 min) How they maintain a healthy lifestyle and manage stress during COVID-19
  • Episode #3 (12 min) How they are balancing and helping student balance commitments beyond the classroom


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About the Authors

Amanda Volz

Amanda joins the NGPF Team with over 20 years of experience teaching personal finance. During that time, she led her students to hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships, won multiple awards, and most importantly, impacted the financial lives of thousands of high school students. Amanda prides herself on being an educational leader and is constantly looking for innovative ways to make the classroom relevant, rigorous, and fun. She is a passionate advocate for financial education and has been a long-time member of the NGPF community. Fun fact - Amanda was NGPF’s first teacher account! When Amanda isn’t working, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling with her husband and two children.

Brian Page

Making a difference in the lives of students through financial capability is Brian’s greatest passion. He comes to NGPF after fifteen years of public school teaching where he was the ‘11 Ohio Department of Education recipient of a Milken National Educator Award, the CEE Forbes Award winner, and a Money Magazine/CNN "Money Hero". He served on the working group for President Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He has private school experience as a Trustee for the Cincinnati Country Day School and was a past Ohio Jump$tart President. Brian holds a BBA and M.Ed. When Brian isn’t working alongside his NGPF teammates he is likely spending time with his wife, three children, and dog; hiking, or watching Ohio State football.

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