I’m Diana, a twenty something teacher on a debt free journey. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher, and I finally got to pursue my dreams teaching 5th grade in 2015. During this time, I realized I had a real passion for personal finance, which led me to create this blog in 2015. Then, in 2017 I transitioned to being an academic support teacher for 5th grade and in 2018 I moved up to do the same thing with 7th and 8th graders. Unfortunately, it took a lot of education (and student loans) to get here.

Like many other high school students, I was incredibly naive and didn’t think about how much college was going to truly cost me after four years. I accumulated a ton of student loan debt without really thinking about the consequences. Who does when they’re 18 and thinking about going to their dream school with one of the best programs in the country? Well, it slapped me in the face one day during my first semester of grad school when my father called to tell me I had a bill of $1,400 in the mail for my private student loans. I quickly began to realize I needed to come up with a strategy to make this work.

I finished my masters program, accumulated about $200k in student loans, I’m entering my fifth year teaching in New Jersey, and have paid off $135k of my student loans in under 4 years. Through my journey I have learned so much about personal finance and I want to help other millennials reach their financial goals by saving money, making money, paying off debt, and building wealth. If you’re ready to take back control of your finances, sign up for a FREE call with me to get started.

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