Jim Ford has been a teacher, department chair, camp director and coach over the past 42 years. Jim retired in June of 2015 from Oak Hill High School in Wales, Maine after 38 years of teaching American History and Financial Literacy. As department chair of Social Studies for 13 years he led many new educational initiatives on Financial Literacy/Social Studies curriculum planning, Design for Understanding Models and Classroom Management. Jim's passion for the Stock Market Game found the SIFMA Foundation appointing him Coordinator of the SMG Programs for Maine and New Hampshire Schools in the Fall of 2015. Colorado and Florida have now joined Jim's States of Coordination.
Jim’s activity-based Financial Literacy course blossomed in 1990 with the emerging use of classroom technology, to become one of the top performing Stock Market Game participating schools in the nation. From 1990 to 2003 his classes won 18 Maine Stock Market Game Semester Championships in coordination with The Maine Council for Economic Education program. That success was capped off in 2003 by winning The Stock Trac Million Dollar Challenge National Title placing first in the nation. Jim, in 2006 linked his classroom with the Securities Industry Foundation Market Associations program to win another 21 Maine SMG Championship titles, 8 InvestWrite Essay Competition Titles and two Capitol Hill Challenge National Awards trips to Washington, DC placing nationally second in 2011 and seventh in 2013.
2011 Capitol Hill Challenge Top Five Schools of USA
2003 Stock Trac National Champions
2013 Capitol Hill Challenge Top Ten Schools of USA