Financial Education for Teachers

Merchants Bank is proud to sponsor the Vermont Teachers Financial Literacy Summer Institute–an important component to Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy.

The institute is a three credit graduate level course that includes 45 hours of classroom participation spread across five days. Thirty local, regional and nationally recognized financial experts–covering an array of financial topics, provide instruction. Vermont is the third state to participate in this pilot program to test a new curriculum in financial literacy.

The inaugural class in 2011 had 24 Vermont educators participate. The 2012 class had 32 Vermont educators in attendance.  Plans are already in the works for the 2013 Institute.  We encourage interested educators to enroll early.  Click here to learn more.

Meet the educators who attended the 2012 class. 

Sue Abrams

Sue Abrams

Montpelier High School

"I found all the information related to saving and investing at a young age to be particularly important.  I have lots of plans to integrate financial literacy concepts into the math classes I teach - including Algebra, Geometry and Calculus/Statistics."

Patty Bettinger

Patty Bettinger

Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans

"The quantity and quality of information shared with us this week was amazing.  Helping our students learn to manage their finances is incredibly important.  I look forward to incorporating all I learned into my lessons."

Maris Brayfield-Kittell

Maris Brayfield-Kittell

Mount Mansfield Union High School

"So much valuable content this week!  I can't wait to apply some of these lessons about credit, savings, the stock market and investing using interactive games and the internet through both individual and small group work in my classroom."

Joanne Casey

Joanne Casey

South Burlington High School

"The hands on activities were great!  I plan to adjust and enhance my curriculum to make it more 'real life' for the students, and I plan to integrate more math into the classes I teach."

George Cook

George Cook

U32 High School

"The guest speakers during this Institute were top notch.  I'm excited to help the students at U32 realize how important financial literacy is to them and how it directly affects their lives."

Larry Davignon

Larry Davignon

Spaulding High School

"I am amazed by the wealth of resources that are available to teachers to help them help students to become financially literate citizens.  I plan to engage students at Spaulding in more conversations about financial literacy and help them think about their futures."

Michele Farkas

Michele Farkas

Long Trail School

"It's inspiring to see so many forces joining together to help Vermont students become more financially literate.  I'm especially excited about the exponential effects of this information as students talk to family and community members about what they've learned."

Russell Ford

Russell Ford

Poultney High School

"The speakers and presenters from various institutions were phenomenal.  I gained so many new resources, my plan is to go over each of them in detail and try to use as many as possible in my classes."

Barbara Fraser

Barbara Fraser

Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans

"I am amazed at all the wonderful resources available to me to share with my students and school.  The generosity of these institutions is overwhelming.  I can't wait to create a great new curriculum for my students.  I am excited!"

Bob Fredette

Bob Fredette

Lamoille Union High School

"I learned a lot about economic factors and their influence on the national and global economies.  I look forward to using new resources in our current Business programs, and creating new and exciting ways for students to learn good personal financial skills."

Kristy Hancox Boutin

Kristy Hancox Boutin

Vermont Adult Learning

"All the different resources for us were great; I even learned how gaming could be used to teach financial literacy.  I plan to have some of the financial institution representatives come to speak to our students about the services they provide so they can understand the benefits of a deeper understanding of this topic."

Deborah Higgins

Deborah Higgins

Camel's Hump Middle School

"I was very surprised to learn that financial literacy is not required for graduation in Vermont, nor is it likely to be in the near future.  We teachers must make this happen!  I plan to create a website with my students to help them learn about personal finance."

Bob Hill

Bob Hill

Burlington High School

"I have really enjoyed the speakers, the information and the contagious energy of my colleagues at this Summer Institute.  I'm excited to apply all I've learned here to my financial literacy class next year."

Susan Jones

Susan Jones

Leland & Gray Middle School

"The wealth of resources shared with us this week was tremendous.  I plan to present to my school administration the need for financial education for all grade levels.  I will use the lessons, resources and activities in my classes to help lead students toward making sound financial decisions now and in the future."

Laura Labrie

Laura Labrie

Camel's Hump Middle School

"There are so many ways to integrate financial literacy lessons into other subject areas.  My plan is to evolve some of my lesson plans regarding decision-making to make them more financially-focused."

David Lamberti

David Lamberti

Burlington High School

"I am excited to take the new ideas I learned this week and revise the curriculum for the Personal Finance class I teach at Burlington High School.  Networking with other teachers planning Personal Finance classes was particularly valuable to me."

Richard Lansing

Richard Lansing

Winooski High School

"The speakers we heard this week, notably the VT Commissioner of Education, were inspiring and thought-provoking.  I plan to include more in-depth participation activities in my classes - for instance around financing a vehicle - that will resonate with students."

Chaim Lodish

Chaim Lodish

Burlington High School

"I learned a lot from this week's presenters, especially Art Woolf, Economics Professor at UVM.  I plan to incorporate more real world situations into the Algebra courses I teach so students get more of a sense of applied mathematics"

Ella Malamud

Ella Malamud

Cabot High School

"Some of the saving strategies and budgeting lessons were new to me, and I learned a lot about investment options.  I am excited to use the financial literacy tool kit and work to incorporate this important information into classes at Cabot High School."

Penny Nolte

Penny Nolte

Linking Learning to Life

"The opportunity to meet and work with other teachers and share our thinking about why this is so important was most powerful for me.  I plan to use the information I gained this week in my TIPS program, and share with other colleagues in Central Vermont."

Paul Pilcher

Paul Pilcher

Stafford Technical Center

"We gained so many new materials, I look forward to studying them more to see how they will integrate into the classes I teach at Stafford.  The Champlain College staff did a great job supporting the teachers during this Summer Institute."

Harvie Porter

Harvie Porter

Randolph Union High School

"I think many students today don't realize how their daily money decisions affect their financial well being.  I learned a lot about credit scores during this course, and will bring that knowledge back into the classroom this fall."

Jana Rheaume

Jana Rheaume

Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans

I was most impressed with the depth and breadth of the different professionals who came to share their expert knowledge with our class.  We have so many resources to tap into as we help our students on the path to financially secure futures."

Frank Rucker

Frank Rucker

Leland & Gray Middle School

"I plan to work with our administrative team to create a six-week Financial Literacy program targeted to 6th graders.  We'll use the National Standards in Personal Finance Education to design a course with relevant content for that age group."

Pat Schiller

Pat Schiller

Colchester High School

"I'm so excited to weave all this useful information and resources into my Business & Technology class and my Accounting class at Colchester High."

Brooks Sturtevant

Brooks Sturtevant

Missisquoi Valley High School

"This was by far the best professional development class I've taken in my career.  I learned so much from each presenter, and I look forward to updating our unit on Personal Finance to include the latest trends."

TJ Tanner

TJ Tanner

Lyndon Institute

I felt inspired and encouraged by the dedicated and influential people working to bring Financial Literacy to everyone.  I plan to use many of the resources shared this week to enhance the Personal Finance and Microeconomics classes I teach."

Alyssa Urban

Alyssa Urban

Missisquoi Valley High School

"The concepts of saving and conscious decision-making can be incorporated more often in more of the classes I teach.  Fine-tuning the activities in my Economics curriculum to have more of a personal finance emphasis will be my plan going forward."

Mary Viglotti

Mary Viglotti

Essex Middle School

"Financial Literacy concepts are so important and can be integrated into many types of curriculum, for students of all ages.  My 8th grade Family and Consumer Science classes will benefit from my experiences this past week."

Katherine Walker

Katherine Walker

U32 High School

"I will use what I learned this week to reorganize, develop and reinvigorate the Money Matters course I teach and I also plan to create a unit for graduating seniors in my AP Calculus course, since financial literacy topics are noticeably absent from the curriculum."

Colleen Wedge

Colleen Wedge

Champlain Valley Union High School

"Networking with 31 other Vermont teachers to share best practices was truly powerful.  I also valued the relevant, accurate information we received from top professionals in the financial world, both statewide and nationally."