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Nine Across California to Receive “Outstanding Educator” Awards in Sacramento April 23 for Work in Personal Finance Education


Los Angeles, April 10, 2008 -- The California Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is recognizing nine high school teachers in San Francisco, Monterey, Seaside and San Diego for their leadership work bringing personal finance education into their classrooms. The “Outstanding Educator” Awards, sponsored through a grant from Citi, will be given during the California Summit on Financial Literacy April 23 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

“Our children and young adults must learn about money to succeed in this complex world,” said Jim Greenwood, Chair of the California Jump$tart Coalition. “It is encouraging to see teachers developing different and innovative ways to bring this learning into their classrooms.” California schools do not require education on money management topics such as using credit, saving, budgeting and investing.

The schools and educators being recognized are:

  • San Francisco: Philip & Sala Burton High School – Cari Bruzelius, Douglas Knight Singer, Pat Flannery and David Knight;
  • Seaside: Central Coast High School – Morgan Sera
  • Monterey: Monterey High School – Alex Petersen
  • San Diego: Hoover High School and San Diego Unified School District,– Vicky Banks, Ellen Towers and James Michaelian

In addition to the awards recognition at the Summit, each program receives a grant award of $1,000 from Citi to further its financial literacy efforts.

The mission of the California Jump$tart Coalition ( is to improve the personal financial literacy of California’s youth. The California Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is a not for profit organization affiliated with the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.

Contact: Karen Anderson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 310-387-5652.