Christine Odle – Creator / Owner
Christine’s financial education comes from a variety of sources. She has a BA in Business Administration and a Minor in Mathematics, spent years working in banks and small businesses and became a small business owner herself. Her success in business and personal finance has positioned her as an expert in personal financial education. Overcoming a debt load of over $500,000 in 2001 to being 100% debt free in 2009, she and her husband have also built a property management company with five debt free properties, continued the success of the family electrical contracting company founded in 1947, and a successful coaching business that has helped 1000’s find peace in their finances.
Christine’s passion to help people avoid financial problems and build wealth has allowed her to educate 100’s of high school and college age students, with over 30% of the students graduating debt-free. If she is able to get to students early enough, the success rate jumps to over 50%. These results and her passion to work with the young inspired Christine to create a personal finance curriculum, Math and Money. National recognition of Math and Money is allowing her to reach students so they have a strong financial education, avoid student loan debt, and build wealth the rest of their lives.
Laurel Henderson, Curriculum Designer
With a Master’s degree in Curriculum Design, Laurel joined the team in 2013 to help fine tune the curriculum following national CORE and STEM education standards for personal financial literacy. After teaching for four years in a private high school in Ecuador, Laurel has returned to Colorado to work on Math and Money. Laurel comes to us with a multitude of talents, experience in the classroom, creativity and is bilingual (for the next phase). She has a knack for taking content such as financial literacy and making it look fun, entertaining and easy to use.
Jeffry Neuhouser, Instigator
Jeffry recently graduated from Taylor University – Magna Cum Laude, majoring in political science and history. He has been greatly affected by his financial education and has done much to apply it to his own life. He feels very strongly that students should learn how to manage money when they are young. Jeffry is called “The Instigator” because he was instrumental in taking this project out of an old box and working to make it a classroom reality. We couldn’t have gotten this far without him!
Jeffry is headed to Graduate School in the fall to continue his studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is active in school politics and has said his dream is to work in the White House.