Sharkey Named High School Director

"I'm Excited to be Apart of the Whole Movement"

Date: August 24, 2010

Contact: Paul Golden 303-224-3514, [email protected]

DENVER—Susan Sharkey has joined the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) as its new director of the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP). "Ms. Sharkey’s years of experience with the high school program, from classroom to curriculum development, makes her an ideal leader to direct the HSFPP into the future," says Ted Beck, president and CEO of NEFE.

Susan Sharkey

Director of NEFE High School Financial Planning Program

Sharkey will work with schools, teachers and the HSFPP national network to continue the high school program’s legacy of providing free financial education to high school students. Since its inception in 1984, the HSFPP has reached more than seven million students in all 50 states and has fulfilled more than 88,000 orders.

"I’m excited to be a part of the whole movement," says Sharkey. "Helping young adults become more financially responsible; helping people deliver knowledge to teachers, trainers and cooperative extensions; and the bigger picture of helping our communities and society."

Before joining NEFE, Sharkey spent eight years at Worldwide Instructional Design System (WIDS), a division of the Wisconsin Technical College System Foundation. As an instructional designer and manager of consulting projects, Sharkey trained teachers, provided tools for managing instructional experiences and assessments, and developed turnkey education programs like the HSFPP. In 2005, Sharkey assisted in the redesign of the HSFPP curriculum to its current version and development of a teacher training program, which NEFE has since used to train hundreds of instructors.

From 2000-2004, Sharkey worked through the Green Lake Association, Inc., to promote conservation of Big Green Lake in Green Lake, Wis. She also served as president of the Green Lake Board of Education. From 1986-2000, Sharkey taught business, computer and career classes to K-12 students in the Ripon School District in Ripon, Wis. As a business educator at Ripon High School, Sharkey used the HSFPP as part of her personal finance curriculum. And in 1991 and 1996, Sharkey was recognized with the Ripon High School Outstanding Educator Award. Sharkey earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in business education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She also completed the Distance Education Certification Program through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For more information on the seven-unit NEFE High School Financial Planning Program, visit




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