My Classroom Podcast: Ingrid Lu

NGPF’s My Classroom is a 10-15 minute weekly podcast series that will follow the lives of four amazing financial literacy leaders. Each one will share how they advocate for financial literacy and the teaching strategies they have used through COVID. Like the last series, each one is from a different area of the country and a different type of school, but this time you’ll hear from a student-teacher, a middle school teacher, a former financial literacy teacher turned administrator, and a state teacher of the year.

This brief podcast is designed to inspire you, share ideas, and let you know that you are not alone during this unprecedented school year. Each week a new podcast will be posted for you to listen to on your drive to or from work, on a quick walk, or just when you need a little inspiration and encouragement.


In Episode #4, we hear from Ingrid Lu. Ingrid is a math teacher at Joaquin Miller Middle School who has advocated for personal finance in her school and district. Ingrid shares why students should learn about personal finance in middle school and how our math curriculum and support has impacted her teaching. 


Meet The Teachers





Did you miss the first three episodes? 

Episode #1 – Click here to hear from Vincent Branch, a former financial professional and educator, who is now an administrator advocating for personal finance. 

Episode #2 – Click here to hear from Drew Ahlers, a student teacher who shares his experiences being both a student and a teacher during Covid. 

Episode #3 – Click here to hear from Dr. Patricia Page, the former Rhode Island State Teacher of the Year, who shares a variety of strategies to teach personal finance with excellence. 


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About the Authors

Amanda Volz

Amanda joins the NGPF Team with 18 years of experience teaching personal finance. During that time, she led her students to hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships, won multiple awards, and most importantly, impacted the financial lives of thousands of high school students. Amanda prides herself on being an educational leader and is constantly looking for innovative ways to make the classroom relevant, rigorous, and fun. She is a passionate advocate for financial education and has been a long time member of the NGPF community. Fun fact – Amanda was NGPF’s first teacher account! When Amanda isn’t working, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling with her husband and two children.

Brian Page

Making a difference in the lives of students through financial capability is Brian’s greatest passion. He comes to NGPF after fifteen years of public school teaching where he was the ‘11 Ohio Department of Education recipient of a Milken National Educator Award, the CEE Forbes Award winner, and a Money Magazine/CNN “Money Hero”. He served on the working group for President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He has private school experience as a Trustee for the Cincinnati Country Day School and was a past Ohio Jump$tart President. Brian holds a BBA and M.Ed. When Brian isn’t working alongside his NGPF teammates he is likely spending time with his wife, three children, and dog; hiking, or watching Ohio State football.

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