Meet the educators who attended the 2011 inaugural class. 

Marlene Allen

Marlene Allen

Springfield High School

"I've gained so much new material for my classroom that I can use right away.  I have games, practical workshops, role-playing scenarios and am connected to knowledgeable community members who are willing to help."

Lynne Amey

Lynn Amey

South Burlington High School

"What a great Institute this has been.  I feel so much more comfortable with my own knowledge base.  I've made an incredible number of contacts and gained many valuable resources.  I want to encourage more colleagues to be involved next summer and work with the school district to add a financial literacy component as a graduation requirement."

Elaine Beal

Elaine Beal

Rutland High School

"The classes I teach will be so much more interactive and fun.  I'm proud to be part of this network of teachers and experts who have access to resources to help teach financial literacy."

Sue Beem

Susan Beem

Montpelier High School

"I learned a great deal about personal finance, which I plan to integrate into the math classes I teach at Montpelier High.  The presenters were exceptional, I think every teacher in Vermont would benefit from an experience like this."

Mike Campbell

Mike Campbell

Bellows Free Academy

"My experience during this week reinforced to me the power of partnerships with local resources in our communities.  I'm excited to embed financial literacy into my senior Civics course at Bellows Free Academy."

Keith Carrig

Keith Carrig

Williamstown Middle/High School

"The financial system of today is very complex, students need to be aware of those complexities and potential financial dangers they will face.  I plan to help translate this in a meaningful way to my students."

Helen Couture

Helen Couture

Concord Graded/High School

"What was most impactful to me was the sharing of financial literacy curriculum with colleagues, including sample activities and software and websites used in their classrooms.  I plan to revise my Personal Finance curriculum with all these new tools."

Judi Estes

Judi Estes

Mt. Anthony Union High School

"We learned from over 30 very passionate presenters, who shared their valuable knowledge and experience with us.  I plan to use as many of the materials and resources as I can with my students."

Carolyn Feldmann

Carolyn Feldmann

Harwood Union High School

"The entire class was able to take information from the week and directly apply it to their classroom.  My entire curriculum will be influenced by the standards learned and material received this week."

Nicole Forest

Nichole Forest

Southwest Vermont Career Development Center

"I was impressed with the caliber of presenters and their wealth of knowledge in their field. I'm excited to use sections of the Personal Finance curriculum and add practical applications and projects for the students."

Sharon Lee

Sharon Lee

Milton High School

"The resources we were given and the information provided by the presenters was a goldmine.  I'm anxious to use the new materials to revamp my curriculum for my Personal Finance class to help make it more engaging."

Wendy MacKenzie

Wendy MacKenzie

Oxbow High School

"I can't stress enough the importance of helping students access financial information in the classroom.  I will use all that I learned here when teaching in the middle and high school levels at Oxbow High School."

Rick Martin

Rick Martin

Colchester High School

"It was great to be able to ask detailed questions from experts in the field of personal finance.  I can't wait to bring back the new information and wealth of resources to my students at Colchester High."

Rebecca Mellen

Rebecca Mellen

Winooski High School

"I was reminded of the importance of role-play scenarios to help students grasp personal finance concepts and raise awareness of helpful banking products.  I really enjoyed collaborating with banking and finance professionals."

Geoff Murray

Geoff Murray

 Bellows Free Academy

"I was quite impressed with the presenters' passion for financial literacy and their willingness to collaborate with educators.  I'll use this new content for a unit in my senior Civics class."

Cheryl Niedzwiecki

Cheryl Niedzwiecki

Stafford Technical Center

"This experience was a teacher's dream come true.  We had access to different tools and great guest speakers - I can't wait to take these materials into the classroom and design engaging hands-on activities for my students."

Marie Olson Badeau

Marie Olson-Badeau

Woodstock Middle School

"So many great lessons were learned this week that I can't wait to share with my 8th graders - such as how compound interest works, the importance of paying off credit cards and waiting on some purchases until you have the resources to pay for them."

Steve Orzech

Steve Orzech

Vergennes Union High School

"The contacts I made with other teachers and presenters will enhance my programs in many ways.  I plan to integrate much of what I learned from professionals in the field of personal finance into both my personal life and my classroom."

Regina Ostrander

Regina Ostrander

Lyndon Town School

"What a great opportunity to learn a life necessity, I have gained so much this week.  I will definitely bring more financial literacy concepts into my classroom."

Jim Park

Jim Park

Burlington Senior High School

"I was struck by how far along we are in developing personal finance as a required high school course.  I plan to integrate many of the personal finance applications in the math classes I teach."

Courtney Poquette

Courtney Poquette

Winooski High School

"I gained so many great resources to utilize in my classroom. I'm excited to use the videos and I plan to take more field trips to local organizations to help reinforce the importance of what my students are learning."

Kimberly Ransom

Kim Ransom

Fair Haven Union High School

"I really enjoyed working with peers from all over Vermont and hearing speakers from across the country.  I have an enormous amount of information to share with students about financial literacy, I can't wait to implement new ideas in the classroom."

Jan Stratton

 Jan Stratton

Randolph Technical Career Center

"I am excited to integrate what I learned at the Institute into my Business Management Program-specifically focused on improving student understanding of retirement and insurance issues."

Jane Tolassi

Jane Tolassi

U32

"The new materials and the new contacts I made will help me create a unit on financial literacy for my middle school students. I'm also excited to meet with administrators at my school to work on making this a required course."