NGPF held its first-ever “Why Math Matters” competition in February. The competition focused on students’ answers to the question “Why does math matter when discussing taxes and tax brackets?”

Students in US high and high school classrooms took part, after which their teachers selected up to 3 of their favorite competition entries as finalists. From there, the NGPF Math Curriculum Team selected the top 3 classrooms with the best submissions.

Congratulations to the winning classrooms, whose teachers will each receive local restaurant gift cards to host pizza parties! Well done!

Amanda Nixon’s algebra class from Mid-South Gifted Academy in Collierville, TN Erin Magalhaes’s personal finance class from Heritage Middle School in Livingston, NJ Dawn Reiko Funaki’s algebra and Financial Literacy Class from Concord Middle School in Concord, MA

Missed February’s “Why Math Matters” Contest? We’re running another one!

Your students can win a pizza party too! Have your students respond to a NEW prompt from the Investing Strategies edition of the NGPF Why Math Matters competition. Deadline for submission is Friday, April 8.

May the pepperoni be in your favor!

About the Authors

Dave Martin

Dave joins NGPF with 15 years of teaching experience in Mathematics and Computer Science. After participating in the New York City Teaching Fellows program and earning a Master’s degree in Education from Pace University, his teaching career has taken him to New York, New Jersey and a summer in northern Ghana. Dave firmly believes that financial literacy is vital to creating well-rounded students who are prepared for a complex and highly competitive world. In the spare time that two young daughters have, Dave enjoys video games, Dungeons & Dragons, cooking, gardening and napping.

Kathryn Dawson

Kathryn (she/her) is delighted to join the NGPF team after 9 years of teaching experience as a mentor, tutor and special education teacher. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in policy analysis and management and a master’s degree in educational science from Brooklyn College. Kathryn looks forward to incorporating her passion for accessibility and educational fairness into NGPF’s curriculum design. In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys embarking on cooking projects, walking her partner and dog through the Seattle neighborhood, or lounging in a hammock with a book.

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