Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Teacher Spotlight Kenny Wong

ACEE values the culture, traditions, and history of our supporters. Join us in celebrating Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

Q: How did your family and culture influence who you are today? 

Photo of teacher Kenny Wong talking with two students at Financial Fitness in Action event.

I’ve always believed in self-determination and hard work. This was instilled from my family a long time ago where I was taught to work hard, study hard, and try to succeed based on one’s own talent. The Chinese proverbs of hard work meshed well with the cultural influence of the United States where anyone can succeed in this nation if they tried. I’ve even written a novel based on this idea: The Beautiful Kingdom

Q: Why is ACEE important to you?

Four girls gathered around a table at Financial Fitness in Action event.

ACEE is important for me because it provides a lot of resources, development, and tips to improve not only my own personal finance and economic knowledge but also to the students I teach. It’s a great community resource and helps bridge experiences and knowledge from one generation to another. It takes a community to raise a child, and ACEE is part of that community. 

Q: Why do you care about financial and economic education?

Six students gathered around a table working with an adult volunteer at Financial Fitness in Action

Financial and economic knowledge helps me navigate this complex world. Learning the tools of both disciplines helps me to not only survive, but also thrive. If I were to summarize my feelings in a sentence it would be: “Money may not buy happiness, but it certainly makes it ten times easier.”