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Jamie Israel, who graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, attended the Family Economics and Financial Education (FEFE) educator training, "Empowering Future Generations," June 14-17 in Tucson, Ariz. This fall, she will begin teaching classes at Maysville High School. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Aug. 5, 2010

Graduate attends intensive educator training with help of grant

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Jamie Israel, a nontraditional student who graduated from Northwest in May, is beginning her new career as a teacher on the heels of an intensive training program this summer.

Israel, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, attended the Family Economics and Financial Education (FEFE) educator training, "Empowering Future Generations," June 14-17 in Tucson, Ariz.

Israel was awarded a $1,500 grant to attend the training. FEFE is a partnership between the Take Charge American Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research, a nonprofit credit counseling and debt management service, and the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Arizona. The FEFE project is based on the idea that a university-based financial education outreach program, built on cutting-edge research, can strengthen and extend the ability of schools and community organizations to raise the personal financial capabilities of young adults.

"The training was a four-day training that focused on personal finance," Israel said.  "We started the day as a large group and would listen to finance professionals. Then we broke up into individual groups of 15 to 20 and would get hands-on training on how to implement the FEFE personal finance curriculum."

Israel, a native of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, previously was a police officer in St. Joseph. Married and the mother of two sons, she also is a veteran of the Iraq war and continues active service in the Missouri Air National Guard.

She took classes in financial and resource management as a part of her studies at Northwest. Since completing the intensive training program in Tucson, Israel has assumed responsibilities as a classroom teacher at Maysville High School. She will be teaching classes on personal finance, child development, relationships, food science, parenting and health.

Dr. Deborah Lewis Fravel, chair of the department of family and consumer sciences, said Israel was one of only 130 people accepted into the FEFE program nationwide.

"Jamie is a very talented woman who will represent Northwest well," Lewis Fravel said. "We are delighted that her abilities and accomplishments have been recognized in this manner."


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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