Tennessee Jump$tart

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Tennessee Jump$tart is a non-profit organization comprised of approximately 50 individuals and organizations representing business, government and education who have joined together to improve the personal financial literacy of Tennessee’s youth.

Six Tennessee Teachers Named Tennessee Jump$tart Educator of the Year

Six Tennessee educators will be honored during the summer months for their efforts in either teaching the required high school personal finance course, or for incorporating personal finance concepts into their daily teaching curriculum. Dr. Dan Smith, Angel Sliger, Sara Faulkner, Angie M. Rushing, Brenda L. Daniel and Frances Baugh will each receive the Tennessee Jump$tart Excellence in Teaching Personal Finance Award.

The awards are presented by Tennessee Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, which is a coalition of organizations committed to improving the personal financial literacy of Tennessee’s youth. The award program recognizes outstanding teachers of either the high school personal finance class, or the use personal finance in their every day teaching. The recipients are selected based on successful accomplishments in innovation/creativity related to teaching personal finance, teaching approaches, standards accomplishments, collaborations, and program results.

“Tennessee Jump$tart is committed to recognizing educators for their accomplishments in the classroom and to providing quality learning opportunities for educators,” said Kristina Canan, Tennessee Jump$tart Co-President. “Our partner organizations are dedicated to working together to conduct educational initiatives that allow teachers to enhance their skills”

2011 Tennessee Jump$tart Excellence in Teaching Personal Finance Award Winners are: 

Dr. Dan Smith is a teacher at Rossview High School in Clarksville, Tennessee. Dr. Smith has integrated a number of personal finance concepts into his Economics and Financial Planning classes. As part of the Economics class he taught, students had to develop a “real life” budget. The entire family was brought into the six-week project through discussion of utility and grocery expenses, as well as, housing, insurance and automobile payments. Dr. Smith required that the students must have a positive account balance at the end of the project.

Angel Sliger is a teacher at McMinn Central High School in Engelwood, Tennessee. In incorporating personal finance into her classroom, Sliger had her students complete personal finance journals where they compared the cost of various housing alternatives and they completed check writing exercises. Sliger also incorporated a number of media resources and information from the Federal Reserve Bank web site to train her students. She had two teams of her students qualify for the state Personal Finance Challenge. 

Sara Faulkner is a teacher at Daniel Boone High School in Gray, Tennessee. Faulkner integrated personal finance concepts for the approximately 350 students in her Economics classes. Faulkner utilized several different teaching techniques through the use of “hands on” application, research, group work and real world examples to provide her students a greater understanding of the importance of this area of study. Faulkner also partnered with members of UT Extension and Middle Tennessee State University with participatory simulations.

Angie M. Rushing is a teacher at Westview Hill High School in Martin, Tennessee. Rushing tracks her students’ progress in understanding the personal finance course she teaches through assessments and testing. Rushing was also able to have her students tour a local banking institution in her area, tour the Federal Reserve Bank and participate in a distance learning lab to the New York Stock Exchange.

Brenda L. Daniel is a teacher at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, Tennessee. Daniel has utilized material from a number of agencies and financial institutions to teach her students the importance of money. Daniel also uses student assessments, along with testing to determine what her student’s have learned during the course. Daniel had four teams compete in the state Personal Finance Challenge.

Frances Baugh is a teacher at John Overton High School in Nashville, Tennessee. Baugh utilizes the state’s personal finance standards in the areas of income, money management, spending/credit and savings/investing in developing her course outline. Baugh’s lesson plans move students chronologically through major life events from obtaining their first job through retirement. Baugh also uses collaborations with various partners to emphasize the personal finance concepts being taught.

The awards will be presented at the Tennessee Jump$tart Personal Finance Annual Educator Conference in Gatlinburg in June and the Tennessee Jump$tart Personal Finance Educator Training in Murfreesboro in July. The trainings provide educators with the employment requirement necessary to teach the high school personal finance course. 

Tennessee recently added a course in personal finance to the high school curriculum, which became a graduation requirement for those students graduating in 2013. To be eligible to teach the course, teachers must have specific endorsements or participate in a certified training, such as the Jump$tart Conference.

“The need for financial literacy in Tennessee is great and these teachers should be commended for their efforts in the classroom,” said Ann Berry, Tennessee Jump$tart Co-President. “The personal finance course is an opportunity for the teachers to make a positive impact on Tennessee’s financial future.”