"Win or lose, when the Challenge ends, these students are empowered," says Personal Finance Teacher Betsy Nilsen
We reached out to a longtime Budget Challenge user, Betsy Nilsen, to get her thoughts on using Budget Challenge to teach Personal Finance at Cape Elizabeth High School.

Business Teacher Cindy Quaid — "Allow students to make errors so that they can learn"
On March 23, 2023 in Teacher Spotlight by Robbie Kaminski
Cindy Quaid is the Business & Technology Department Chair and the Future Business Leaders of America Adviser at Santa Maria High School in Santa Maria CA. This is her 30th year teaching at her high school alma mater. She is a long-time user of Budget Challenge.

Credit unions know that effective financial education makes $ense! David Dawson and Lynn McCoy share their journey
On September 16, 2022 in Sponsor Spotlight, Teacher Spotlight by Tara Kirby
Credit unions have a mission to serve their community's financial needs. Schools have a mission to create financially capable young adults. As First Area Credit Union begins its fourth year of Budget Challenge sponsorship, COO Lynn McCoy and Swan Valley Michigan High School teacher David Dawson share how they are transforming lives through their joint efforts. Read about it in this week's blog post.

Teacher Spotlight — Tony Wright
On August 18, 2022 in Teacher Spotlight by Tara Kirby
Tony Wright who is a Career and Technical Education teacher at Warren Mott High School in Warren, MI shared his vast Budget Challenge experience with us.

Teacher Spotlight — Robin Salai
On March 29, 2022 in Teacher Spotlight by Tara Kirby
Robin Salai, a Business teacher at Fairmont Senior High School in WV, who has been using Budget Challenge for several years, shares her vast experience with us. She started teaching the class with 22 students and since then her class size has almost tripled. Salai was even featured in the Times West Virginian last year for using our program in her Personal Finance course.

Teacher Spotlight — Jacob Granstaff
On February 17, 2022 in Teacher Spotlight by Tara Kirby
Jacob Granstaff is an AP Macroeconomics/Government teacher at Boerne High School in Texas. He shared his most memorable Budget Challenge experience, which occurred at a recent graduation.

Teacher Spotlight — Bill Nelson
On November 15, 2021 in Teacher Spotlight by Tara Kirby
Bill Nelson, a CTE Career Readiness Teacher and Consultant at the Van Buren Tech School located in Lawrence, MI shared with us the value Budget Challenge adds to his students' lives.

Teacher Spotlight — Jeanne White
On November 4, 2021 in Teacher Spotlight by Tara Kirby
Jeanne White shared her unique experience of teaching overseas at Kubasaki High School which is on Camp Foster a U.S. Marine base in Okinawa, a DODEA high school.

Teacher Spotlight — David Tonnis
On September 23, 2021 in Teacher Spotlight by Tara Kirby
Social Studies teacher, David Tonnis with St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio, has used Budget Challenge for over seven years. David has successfully guided his students through all of the updates and advancements made to Budget Challenge.

Teacher Spotlight — Joe Schoenfeld
On August 3, 2021 in Teacher Spotlight by Tara Kirby
Elder High School teacher Joe Schoenfeld (Cincinnati, Ohio) gave us his insight into how Budget Challenge impacts his students and how Eagle Saving Bank Charitable Foundation has made it possible for his students to participate in Budget Challenge. “Budget Challenge brings a lot of life and energy to our class. Without a doubt, my favorite aspects of the Budget Challenge are the hands-on nature of the simulation and the competition. The students are actively engaged in the simulation and get great practice reading invoices, writing checks, creating a budget and making financial decisions.”