Educator’s Speak: Q&A with LeeAnn Wellenstein at Port Washington High School

FacebookLinkedInTwitterLeeAnn Wellenstein at Port Washington High School has partnered with our programs and volunteers nearly a dozen times over the past two school years. For students in her numerous business classes, she’s made our credit lessons a focus, and has even worked with us on Money Path, a long-term financial planning dashboard that we continue to test.

In this quick-hit Q&A, LeeAnn shared a few thoughts on why it’s so important to bring financial literacy to her students and what they get from volunteers, such as Jeff Wozniak and Rachel Dumke.

SecureFutures: How long have you been at Port Washington? And what class(es) do you teach?

This is my seventh year at PWHS. I teach Business classes (Personal Finance, Introduction to Business, Business & Personal Law, Web Technologies).

Is there a personal finance or financial requirement at your school/district?

Yes. The class (Personal Finance) must be taken at any grade prior to graduation. This started with the class of 2021 (this year’s freshman).

How did you learn about money? Was there a mentor along the way, a class, or did you learn on your own?

I learned on my own/family members.

What does Money Sense bring to your students that is so special?

Money Sense is a great ‘add-on’ to current curriculum. The speakers either will validate content that has already been taught by myself or they will introduce new material to students. Students particularly enjoy hearing about adult personal experiences. The

[volunteer] speakers I have had are always willing to share experiences to make the content more relevant to the students.

How do you feel our communities are impacted when teens, specifically, learn good financial behaviors?

Learning good financial habits at a young age will only benefit in the long run. Young people who learn the importance of saving, living on a budget, and the importance of long-term financial planning will, more likely, have an easier time applying and obtaining the loans most adults have (car, home, etc.), in turn, making it possible for young people to afford their monthly payments.

For more on Money Sense programs and scheduling, visit here.

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