HSFPP Stories of Impact

Applying Mathematics to “Real-Life” Financial Decisions

HSFPP Stories of Impact

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by Persis Beaven, Math Teacher, El Paso, Texas

"My Financial Mathematics class was an elective course offered as a math credit; during this time I had many rewarding experiences in which students thanked me for teaching something that will apply to “real life”. The lessons that had more impact were the ones about student loans; they were described as eye opening. The class I taught during the 2016-2017 school year was an elective class with a group of 16 students; thanks to several resources such as the ones from HSFPP, my class has turned into a mandatory senior class.

The progress of my students was documented via survey and video at the end of each semester, and all this helped in persuading my school principal to offer more sections of Financial Mathematics. I know the impact was shared around the school because 89 students had requested the class at the end of the fall semester. I am a strong advocate of teaching financial skills in the classroom, so I am more than pleased to have the opportunity to teach a class that will impact the lives of not only 16, but almost 100, students."