Robin Palmer

Director of Financial Math & Entrepreneurship

Robin Palmer is a seasoned educator in the field of Business and Financial Math education, currently serving as the Director of Entrepreneurship and Financial Math for the Arizona Council on Economic Education (ACEE). During her time in this role, Robin has provided opportunities for ACEE to reach teachers in content areas not previously pursued, and she has been instrumental in connecting ACEE’s efforts with the Native American students in our state.  

Drawing upon over 25 years of experience as an educator, curriculum developer, and instructional leader, Robin was responsible for developing Building Young Entrepreneurs, an entrepreneurship curriculum that can be used by teachers providing classroom instruction or used by students and adults who wants to learn in an independent setting.  This curriculum received a Gold award from the National Association of Economic Educators in 2023.    

Robin has also led a team of math and economic educators in developing Money Minutes, a resource for K-12 educators that makes direct connections between personal finance and math.  The Money Minutes problems are tied directly to Arizona Math standards, making it easy for teachers to implement in their classrooms.  Her efforts have contributed to the organization’s presence within the state as well as increased national respect for the Arizona Council on Economic Education.  

Robin’s expertise extends beyond her role at ACEE.  She has developed curriculum for the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, served as a contributor to Experian Credit Chats, written lessons and created activities for Take Charge Today, and has been a presenter at local, state, and national conferences since 2015.  Her hands-on approach to professional development makes her a a sought-after presenter in the Career and Technical Education and Personal Finance fields.   

Educationally, Robin holds a Master’s Degree in Multicultural Educational and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education.  She believes that her undergraduate degree choice forced her to keep her skills updated as technology drove change the business world while her graduate degree allowed her to better understand the diverse students that would fill her classrooms.  She finds joy in continually learning and strives to share new knowledge with educators and students across the country.     

Robin was nominated as an Arizona Teacher of the Year and received the DECA Distinguished Service Award.  She is an avid supporter of Arizona’s Career and Technical Education Student Organizations because of the skills and opportunities afforded to students as they develop and become empowered to take control of their futures.