Thanks to Kerri Herrild, Business Teacher at  De Pere High School (WI) for joining me on the NGPF podcast recently. We recently honored Kerri as anNGPF Teacher-Innovator for her “Personal Finance Goal-Setting and Expense Tracking project.” In this project which stretches over the course of a month, Kerri has her students set financial goals, track their daily spending and write several reflections about what they learned in the process (hint: it might have something to do with food spending!). The students then share their written report with their parents. Listen to this podcast to hear Kerri share a surprising revelation about a student of hers that she learned in the course of this project.


  • 0:00~1:05 – Introduction
  • 1:05~5:13 – Kerri describes the project project
  • 5:13~7:30 – Dealing with socioeconomic diversity
  • 7:30~11:12 – Surprises and inspiring stories
  • 11:12~11:38 – A word from our sponsor
  • 11:38~17:54 – Engaging parents with the project
  • 17:54~19:23 – Implementing the project in your class
  • 19:23 – 20:23 – Conclusion
Notable Quotes:
  • “We [teachers] are pushed to do a lot of collaborative work but this is one area where I want the students to feel safe and so I explain to them to look at this as an individual basis and be honest with yourself and be honest with me as a teacher”
  • “Money is personal and money is emotional”
  • “Teenager’s don’t talk at home, and so this is a way of looking inside their heads and sharing what their actually thinking”