Lupita Hernandez: 2018 CashCourse Financial Educator of the Year Honorable Mention
Posted June 12, 2018 by Raven Newberry
Lupita Hernandez is the recipient of an honorable mention in the 2018 CashCourse Financial Educator of the Year awards. Her work at Sam Houston State University has previously been featured as a CashCourse Success story . Read more about her incredible work on the Sam Houston State University campus.
Lupita Hernandez is a program coordinator at Sam Houston State University’s Student Money Management Center (SMMC). She develops the financial literacy curriculum taught in SHSU’s classrooms and presents financial literacy to students, organizations, fraternities and sororities.
Hernandez worked as an elementary teacher for 25 years. Her passion is teaching, and she believes that every student can learn, just not necessarily at the same pace or in the same way. Hernandez is an El Paso native and graduated from the University of Texas El Paso with a B.B.A. in Accounting. This spring she received her M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (T.E.S.O.L.) from Sam Houston State University. She is also a certified personal financial counselor.
CC: Why do you think financial education is important for college students?
LH: If a student is struggling with their finances, it adversely affects their academic performance. Their studies take a backseat because they are preoccupied with taking care of their basic needs. Additionally, college students are making financial decisions that have repercussions beyond their college years. It is critical that we provide our students with sound, relevant, and timely financial education. This empowers our students to make informed decisions that can forge a future toward financial independence.
CC: Can you share a story about the impact of financial education on your school's campus?
LH: The SMMC has been training Beta Alpha Psi members on presenting financial literacy topics. Beta Alpha Psi is an honors organization for accounting, finance, and information students. Their members understand and value the importance of financial literacy, especially at an early age. They wanted to make an impact on their community by imparting personal financial education to third graders enrolled at a local elementary school. This past spring, twelve members of Beta Alpha Psi and I taught financial literacy to two classrooms using interactive workstations. The 35 third graders were actively engaged at each of the workstations. They even wrote thank you letters to the Beta Alpha Psi members expressing their appreciation and how much fun they had learning about personal finance.