Local Business Professionals Share Their Expertise with Financial Literacy Students 

Local Business Professionals Share Their Expertise with Financial Literacy Students 

Lulu Mubarak ’20

Mrs. Ennely Thornton’s Financial Literacy Class welcomed several of very special guests throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Guest lecturers reinforced the concepts learned in class and exposed students to the perspective of professionals in the field of financial planning.

Mrs. Thornton reached out to Ms. Jane M. Kasten, Vice President and Branch Manager at Lakeland Bank to give her students an opportunity to learn how to manage their finances from professionals in the field. 

In addition to partnering with Lakeland Bank, Mrs. Thornton teamed up with  Mr. Abraham Itani, a local certified public accountant and insurance professional. Mr. Itani visited the class on October 29th, 2019 and discussed income tax and insurance.

On November 18th, 2019, Mrs. Thornton’s classes welcomed guest speakers Robert Jacob and Emelia Aboagye, Professional Banking Consultants at Lakeland Bank with a combined banking background of 50 years.

Valic Financial Advisor Mr. Thomas Russo visited the class on November 22nd, 2019 and gave an informational lesson on retirement and college savings plans. In addition, Mrs. Thornton collaborated with a college advisor to help students with their college application process. Margaret Calabrese, a Financial Aid Advisor from Caldwell College, visited Mrs. Thornton’s class on December 18th, 2019 to discuss the financial aid process and FAFSA application.

Mrs. Thornton is very passionate about educating her students about financial planning due to the college loan debt crisis faced by many. Mrs. Thornton wants her students to be aware of investing, retirement savings, and financing. “As teachers, we have to educate students on how to save and spend,” she said. “I want my students to discover confidence, security, and hope through financial literacy education.” Mrs. Thornton is hoping to change the way students see money and provide knowledge on how to manage their money and avoid going into debt.

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