NGPF Fellow Updates
NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Passionate and Creative Educator, Andrea Stemper of Palmer High School (CO)
Our 2016-17 NGPF Fellows
Amanda is a passionate advocate for personal finance and teaching students the skills and knowledge to be financially successful. During her 15 year teaching career she has taught a variety of business classes and currently teaches a year-long Financial Management course. She has earned degrees from Western Michigan University in Business Education and from Saginaw Valley State University in Secondary Education. Amandaâ€™s students at St. Clair High School have won scholarships totalling over $260,000 in the past two years as top finishers in the H&R Block Budget Challenge simulation, including the top prize winner in the nation in 2015. She is a member of the Michigan Business Education Association and Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL). She resides in St. Clair, Michigan with her husband and two children.
Amy has undergraduate degrees in communications and marketing, and Masters degrees in management and human resource development. She spent many years in the financial industry with companies including Morgan Stanley, Fidelity Investments and Putnam Investments. She also worked as a marketing director with a company that distributed CAD and CAM software to schools all across North America. Those experiences ultimately led her to become a business teacher, which is her true passion. Economics and personal finance are what she knows best and now she feels a great sense of responsibility (and privilege!) to teach these topics to her students in Culpeper, Virginia. When not with students, Amy can be found spending time with her family or flying small airplanes through the sky.
Andrea spent 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry before finding her true passion teaching high school economics and personal finance. She believes in the power of paying yourself first and investing in ETFs. She hopes her students come back and thank her for guiding them to a productive life and a well funded retirement, although she will be hard to find by that time! She has taught in Aspen, Colorado and now teaches at Palmer High School in beautiful Colorado Springs. Andrea loves to ski, travel and listen to Planet Money and Tim's podcasts.
When you are raised by two economics professors, it's not surprising that you might end up loving to teach personal finance to young people. Of course a love of numbers - from degrees in mathematics from Colgate and Northwestern - might also be partially to blame! Charles worked in IT and Process consulting for most of his career and then moved to teaching a decade ago. He began as a math teacher and then developed a leadership curriculum and program at a high school in Houston, TX. Financial literacy is part of that program with the understanding that how each of us manages money tells a story about our values, our character and our ability to lead our lives. Charles resides in Houston with his wife, Pattie, faithful companion Ferris the Dog, and spends his time running, following his teams, and texting his 3 grown kids.
Cheryl has been teaching personal finance at Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn, NY for 6 years, after having worked in retail for 20 years. She is the department leader for social studies, and her favorite personal finance book is ""The Millionaire Next Door.""
Jill believes that every person, no matter his or her age, should have a solid understanding of finances and the ability to budget their money. Helping students plan ahead and create reasonable goals for themselves isn't only her day job but her passion. Jill enjoys lightly roasted coffee, listening to Dave Ramsey on the radio, and long hikes in the Wyoming wilderness with her family.
Laura has been teaching for 11 years, all in Ohio. She currently teaches at Fairbanks High School in Milford Center. Her Bachelorâ€™s Degree is from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. She teaches Financial Management, College and Career Readiness, Transitions and Careers, Principles of Food, Global Foods, and Child Development. Her personal favorite class to teach is Financial Management as she feels preparing teenagers for the real world is one of the most important things she can accomplish as an educator! Lauraâ€™s Masterâ€™s Degree is in School Administration from the University of Cincinnati. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her husband Dan and 3 kids (Emma, Thomas and Adelaide) and play sand volleyball.
Lynn Amey teaches at South Burlington High School in South Burlington, Vermont. Along with teaching Personal Finance, she also teaches Living On Your Own, Intro to Business, Entrepreneurship and Health & Human Development! This varied course load definitely reflects her diverse background. Supplementing her career in teaching, Lynn has also worked as an Innkeeper (Mick Jagger was a guest!), an Interior Decorator, a Fitness & Nutrition Instructor and a Human Resource Director. Lynn started a DECA chapter at SBHS 6 years ago and now has the largest chapter in the state with 100+ student and professional members. Lynnâ€™s hobbies include gardening, dog training, kayaking, volunteering and spending quality time with family and friends. Sheâ€™s putting her financial management techniques to a test as she prepares for her daughterâ€™s upcoming wedding.
Maureen is currently a Personal Finance teacher at Pinelands Regional Junior High School in Little Egg Harbor, NJ. After graduating from Montclair University with a degree in accounting, she went on to work for Morgan Guarantee in NYC. Once her daughters were born, she decided to stay home for some years and enjoy family time. As the girls were going through school, Maureen realized there was never any discussion in class about saving, planning for the future, or budgeting and thought that needed to change. So she went back to school, received her Business Education certificate, and currently loves teaching students and their parents about the impact of their financial decisions. She spends many hours looking for fun activities and lessons for her students and believes that NGPF is the most comprehensive, relevant, and up to date information out there!
Having spent 35+ years in investment banking, investment management and technology start-ups, Michael went on to teach economics, personal finance, business planning and business management to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. Michael served as chair to the relatively new Business & Finance Academy program at an inner-city Los Angeles charter high school, View Park High School (VPHS) in south central LA. Michael holds an AB in economics from Harvard, where he was a two-time All-America and All-Ivy lacrosse player, and an MBA in finance from Wharton. To supplement the challenges of creating and simultaneously teaching a four-year business and finance sequence, Michael launched a lacrosse program at VPHS.
Sue Suttich teaches in the Business Department at Tigard High School in Tigard, Oregon. She has been an educator for 22 years and currently teaches Sports Marketing, Personal Finance and Wealth Management. Sue believes financial education is the most important concept we can share with our youth. Empowering them to be responsible with their finances will help this generation prosper. Financial education is powerful! Sue is also the 12u director for Oregon Juniors Volleyball Academy where she enjoys sharing her love for the game of volleyball with young girls as she focuses on teamwork, hard work, competition, and confidence. She enjoys traveling, baking, walking, reading and playing tennis too.
Tony has been teaching personal finance, as well as serving as an advisor, for over 15 years at City As School High School in New York City. City As School is a transfer school serving students age 17-22 who have encountered obstacles to success in more traditional educational settings, ranging from disaffection to bullying to homelessness to family responsibilities. He loves teaching personal finance and is a ""guru at using Gooru."" His favorite personal finance book is ""The Rookie's Guide to Money Management"" by Ray Martin.