For the second year in a row, Sealy High School Career and Technical Education teacher Melissa Simms has been chosen as the recipient of a scholarship that sponsors Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance curriculum in 250 high schools across the nation.
Ramsey, the best-selling author and radio host, created Ramsey Solutions to help Americans “regain control of their money, build wealth, grow their leadership skills, and enhance their lives through personal development,” according to the website’s mission.
Now, his teachings will be made available locally through a $500,000 donation from the Jackson Charitable Foundation that will allow 20,000 students access “to this critical, financial education program that teaches valuable skills to prepare them for a life of financial freedom,” according to a Ramsey Solutions statement.
“More than three million students have benefited from Foundations in Personal Finance in middle schools, high schools and universities nationwide. Foundations in Personal Finance can be used as a primary resource to fulfill requirements in mathematics, economics, family consumer science, business mathematics, and personal finance. Educators who use this program see their students build confidence, security and hope. They share stories of students going to college debt-free, paying cash for their first car, or even helping their parents learn about the importance of an emergency fund,” the statement said.
Simms teaches professional communication and career and college preparation courses in what is now her seventh year at Sealy High School.