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Jump$tart Coalition names Handeland

By Staff | Aug 12, 2009

DES MOINES – Jeanne Handeland, accounting, business law, and personal finance teacher at Estherville Lincoln Central High School has been named 2009 Financial Educator of the Year by Iowa Jump$tart Coalition.

The award was provided by the Iowa Credit Union Foundation and was presented at the annual Jump$tart Coalition Personal Financial Literacy Conference held July 9-10 in Indianola.

Handeland was awarded for her dedication to educating Iowa’s youth on personal financial literacy. She was instrumental in getting a Personal Finance changed from an elective to a required course for all Estherville Lincoln Central graduates.

In her personal finance class she uses the National Endowment for Financial Literacy Curriculum and used outside resources such as guest speakers, field trips, and real world examples to help educate her students.

“Jeanne makes sure students coming out of her class can all manage a checking account, know how to use credit wisely, and can all file their own income taxes,” said Jen Snyder, daughter of Handeland.

At the end of the course, students complete an accumulating project where students are forced to make financial decisions that they have learned during the course.

“Students come out of this class with a great understanding of what they will face when entering the ‘real world’ on their own. She makes it as realistic as possible by bringing in speakers and taking students to banks and other places so they have a working knowledge of them in order to be able to control their own finances,” said ELC High School Principal Frank Christenson.

The educator’s award is underwritten by the Iowa Credit Union Foundation and was presented at the Jump$tart conference by Marybeth Foster, Executive Director of Iowa Credit Union Foundation. The conference featured lectures, hands-on activities, and trends in financial management. Educators received classroom materials and teaching strategies on credit cards, identity theft, saving, investing, and more.

The Iowa Jump$tart Coalition, established in 2000, is a public-private partnership of organizations, supported of volunteers, and dedicated to improving the financial literacy of Iowa youth. More information can be found at www.iajumpstart.org.