McCallie Upper School economics teacher Skeeter Makepeace is a recipient of the Tennessee Jump$tart Excellence in Teaching Personal Finance Award.
The award recognizes outstanding teachers of either the high school personal finance class or the use of personal finance concepts in their everyday teaching. Recipients are selected based on successful accomplishments in innovation/creativity related to teaching personal finance, teaching approaches, standards accomplishments, collaborations and program results.
Mrs. Makepeace, who is in her 21st year at McCallie, serves as the advisor for the school’s personal finance team which in May claimed the National Finance Challenge Championship.
In the classroom, she uses a savings lesson to show students how they can retire as millionaires. She has students compare several savings and investment options ranging from the traditional savings account, IRA accounts and 401k accounts and has them begin the plans at different age levels to show how much would need to be saved at each level to reach their goals.
The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is committed to improving the personal financial literacy of the state’s youth. Mrs. Makepeace was one of five honorees.