Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head: 2017 CashCourse Financial Educator of the Year Honorable Mention
Posted July 13, 2017 by Raven Newberry
Dr. Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head is a 2017 CashCourse Financial Educator of the Year honorable mention. Read more about her work at the South Dakota State University Extension.
Lorna is the Family Resource Management Field Specialist for SDSU Extension. In her role, she works with consumers to improve their resource management knowledge and skills. Her work revolves around managing financial resources. Lorna developed a financial wellness program called WorkWi$e at the Worksite that focuses on basic financial management concepts that can help employees reduce financial stress and increase workplace productivity. Additionally, she conducts sessions on campus for college students on topics related to financial wellness.
Prior to working with SDSU Extension, Lorna was an assistant professor in the consumer affairs program at SDSU, where she taught courses on resource management and financial planning. Lorna also taught Family and Consumer Sciences at the middle and high school level for 10 years. Her research interests are family resource management, financial well-being, financial literacy and capability, and food security.
Lorna earned a Doctorate in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Iowa State University, a Master’s in Adult Education from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from South Dakota State University. She is an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC©), and a Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS) and Certified Personal and Family Financial Educator (CPFFE) through the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
CC: Why are you passionate about financial literacy?
LSWH: I am passionate about teaching financial literacy because I was not very good at managing my finances as a teenager and young adult. I have learned that one size does not fit all in regard to the best approach to managing finances. Through teaching and programming, I want to help consumers become financially capable and financially secure no matter their income level or net worth.
CC: Can you share a story about the impact of financial education on your school’s campus?
LSWH: In my experience working with college students, I have often heard that information being taught is a class is never going to be used “in real life”. A student, who took a personal financial management course, contacted me about two years after he graduated. He had just reviewed his retirement plan that was a benefit of his job. He was very excited when he realized how much savings he had accumulated in the short period of time and attributed it to what he had learned about saving early and taking advantage of employer-sponsored retirement plans.