Jennifer holds a B.S. Ed. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master’s degree in Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She has over two decades of classroom teaching experience in multiple grades at the elementary and middle school levels. Jennifer's passion and endeavors for financial literacy have led her to developing and facilitating workshops for children, parents, and educators. She has facilitated workshops at early childhood conferences, math conferences, universities, Wisconsin’s annual financial literacy summit, and community churches, schools, and organizations.
During her graduate studies she published This Little Piggy Cried Earn, Spend, Save: The Effects of a Classroom Currency System on a Second-Grade Classroom. Jennifer was awarded EconomicsWisconsin’s 2006 Excellence in Teaching Financial Literacy and Economics Teaching Award for her classroom mini-economy program. In 2009 Jennifer became a Herb Kohl Fellowship recipient due to her overall leadership abilities and innovations in education. In 2011 and 2016 she was acknowledged by the Wisconsin Governor's Council on Financial Literacy for using innovative methods, achieving results, collaborating with partners, and measurably improving financial literacy among Wisconsin citizens.
Along with partnering with EconomicsWisconsin, Jennifer also has worked with the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE) for the program Talk With Our Kids About Money (TWOKAM) powered by BMO Harris Bank. This is a free online resource program for teachers and parents. The last Wednesday in April is "Talk With Our Kids About Money Day." On this day, all educators are encouraged to teach a lesson relevant to their subject with a focus on a money topic. (lessons). While parents are encouraged to "have the talk" about money with their kids. (resources)
As TWOKAM's State Coordinator for Wisconsin in 2016, Jennifer helped educators and parents become aware of the many resources offered through this program as well as brought the concept of the Money Fair to classrooms across the state of Wisconsin.
Read more about Jennifer and these programs from an article written by Eric Oliver from the Oconomowoc Enterprise,