My Classroom, Episode #5: Lessons Learned

Oct 14, 2020
Teaching Remotely, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Podcasts

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 #5, Kerri, Tony, Courtney, and Julius all come together to talk with one another about lessons they have learned over the past 4-5 weeks, what has inspired them as teachers, and how they think education will be forever changed. 


The entire NGPF team sincerely thanks all four of these amazing teachers for allowing us an insight into their daily lives, providing raw emotions, inspirational outlooks, and helpful tips over the past five weeks. 


Please join us on October 22, 2020 for a Speaker Series where you can meet these four teachers, hear more about their classrooms, and ask them additional questions!


Meet The Teachers





Miss 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
  • Episode #4 (14 min) Specific tools they are using in the classroom

About the Authors

Amanda Volz

Amanda joins the NGPF Team with 18 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.