Meet Tony Bussone, CARE’s 2020-21 Teacher Liaison
This year, in an effort to reach more young people and spread awareness about financial literacy education, we have decided to start a liaison program featuring one student and one teacher every year. Once selected, our liaisons will have the opportunity to make a direct impact in our organization by participating in our development and education committee meetings, contribute their ideas about new programs, materials, and projects, participate in CARE’s core-curriculum videos, and so much more.
Tony Bussone is a Business Education Instructor at Grayslake (North) High School District 127 in Grayslake, Illinois. He studied business management at the University of IL @ Chicago and earned a Masters degree in Secondary Education from Roosevelt University.
Tony has been teaching, including classes such as Personal Finance, Business Law, Marketing, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship, since 1996. His personal finance classes have been participating in the Stock Market Game international for roughly 20 years.
He has sponsored the National Honor Society and the Future Business Leaders of America traveling with students to workshops and competitions to places like Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Atlanta GA. He has coached softball, hockey, and varsity golf, coaching Grayslake (Central) HS men’s varsity golf to a team state qualification in 2009. He also currently serves on the board of the Illinois Consumer Education Association, having attended workshops and seminars since 1998.
He also established & operated Tony Bussone Sealcoating, a lean and profitable contracting business maintaining asphalt driveways and parking lots in 1988 (sold 2013). He plays drums semi-professionally and has performed on a variety of stages and venues in Chicago and the greater northern IL area since the mid 1980s.
“I have been working with CARE for almost 10 years now. I support CARE because the volunteers share a wealth of professional and personal experience with their student audiences. Indeed the professionalism of CARE volunteers never ceases to amaze me. Their materials are updated continually reflecting the latest law governing credit, bankruptcy, student loans, and more. The volunteers are well trained and effective. Some volunteers utilize fun games, such as Kahoot or Gimkit. I volunteered to be a CARE teacher liaison because I feel an incredible debt (no pun intended) to CARE and it’s volunteers. CARE has contributed an invaluable perspective to my Personal Finance and Business Law classes and I look forward to continuing this partnership in the future. A CARE volunteer never knows where their influence ends – their words resonate with the young people they help and leave an indelible impact on their financial lives.” –Tony Bussone
We look forward to working with you this year, Tony!