Retired JCPS teacher using her classroom skills to teach financial literacy

Bridgette Johnson is not your typical teacher. In fact, even his name is unusual. “When I was in class, I was singing songs and different things like that and I could get the kids’ attention,” Johnson said. “So I came to be known as ‘DJ BJ The Rapping School Teacher’.” DJ BJ The Rapping School has retired from JCPS after 20 years. But that was not the end of his career. Johnson took her experience in the classroom and used it to create a financial education program for children. “Our first lesson is what is money, we talk about what money is, then the second talk about the different people that are on the coins, how they came to be about the story, then we talk about sorting the coins and what they are, what is a penny, a dime, a quarter,” Johnson said. She calls the program “Fun Financial Literacy.” She put it into action, teaching children as young as four at a recent summer camp at New Directions Housing Corporation. “So we’re really starting at elementary and growing,” Johnson said. “Last week we did business plans for the kids and they had to come up with three ideas and from there, one idea to discuss with their parents, they had to come up with one.” The program is not just about the money either. Johnson incorporates life lessons she calls “Use your manners, your powerful ways, and your etiquette.” It teaches children to respect others and themselves. Johnson has expanded the program to include tools for parents, including a blog called creativelyinvented.com. She also shares daily tips on social media and works with local authorities to bring the program to even more children. in the future. “My goal and my hope is to plant seeds of greatness in children to help them have a better lifestyle and be more successful with their money,” Johnson said.

Bridgette Johnson is not your typical teacher. In fact, even his name is unusual.

“When I was in class, I was singing songs and different things like that and I could get the kids’ attention,” Johnson said. “So I came to be known as ‘DJ BJ The Rapping School Teacher’.”

DJ BJ Rap school teacher retired from JCPS after 20 years. But that was not the end of his career.

Johnson took her experience in the classroom and used it to create a financial literacy program for children.

“Our first lesson is what is money, we talk about what money is, and then the second lesson, we talk about the different people that are on the coins, how they came to be in history , then we talk about sorting the coins and what they are what a penny is, a dime, a quarter,” Johnson said.

She calls the program “Fun Financial Literacy.”

She put it into action, teaching children as young as four at a recent summer camp at New Directions Housing Corporation.

“So we’re starting very basic and growing,” Johnson said. “Last week we did business plans for the kids and they had to come up with three ideas and from there, one idea to discuss with their parents, they had to come up with one.”

The program isn’t just about the money either. Johnson incorporates life lessons she calls “Use your manners, your powerful ways, and your etiquette.” It teaches children to respect others and themselves.

Johnson has expanded the program to include tools for parents, including a blog called creativelyinvented.com.

She also shares daily tips on social media and works with local authorities to bring the program to even more children in the future.

“My goal and my hope is to plant seeds of greatness in children to help them have a better lifestyle and be more successful with their money,” Johnson said.

Geraldine L. Melton