ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 19, 2013 – Marcelina Pascual, who teaches high school business and adult education classes at Roosevelt Senior High School in Washington, D.C., is the 2013 InVEST Teacher of the Year Award. The program is a key driver to attract new talent to the insurance industry.
“Great teachers, like Marcelina Pascual, are the backbone of the InVEST program which provides much needed financial literacy education and is so critical for the success of the industry,” says Heather Minkler, chair of the National InVEST board of directors and CEO of Clark-Mortenson Agency, an independent insurance agency in Keene, N.H. “Ms. Pascual’s dedication to her students and InVEST has resulted in a wonderfully successful program at Roosevelt Senior High School. We are honored to present her with this year’s InVEST Program Teacher of the Year award.”
Pascual has served as a teacher for more than 15 years, including 10 years on the Roosevelt Senior High School faculty. She also teaches the program with Roosevelt S.T.A.Y., an alternative education program for adult students who would like to earn a high school diploma, take the G.E.D. or seek other career opportunities. Pascual has led the InVEST Program at Roosevelt for the past four years and is known for her enthusiastic approach to teaching the financial literacy program. She previously worked as an insurance agent. Pascual earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education at Colegio de San Pascual Baylon in the Philippines.
“The future of our industry depends on attracting new talent and InVEST is a major part of this development,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “We need more industry professionals like Marcelina Pascual to continue stepping up to train, inspire and teach the next generation of industry leaders.”
As a 501(c)(3) educational trust, InVEST benefits from the support of numerous insurance organizations, hundreds of agencies, brokers and volunteers. The program provides the insurance industry with motivated, talented and intelligent professionals through a support structure of state associations, board members, national staff, teachers and the many industry professionals who work in the field as classroom liaisons.
Founded in 1970 and based in Alexandria, Va., InVEST promotes insurance education in order to attract individuals to pursue a career in the insurance industry. Each year, the program prepares thousands of students for insurance-related careers with a hands-on curriculum taught in high schools, adult education centers and colleges. The high school curriculum is a business-education program that utilizes a hands-on approach which simulates an insurance agency and company operations to prepare students for various business careers and create more knowledgeable insurance consumers. At the college level, InVEST is an information-intensive curriculum of risk management and financial services. These courses provide students with a working knowledge of the basics needed to pursue careers in the insurance industry. For more information, go to www.investprogram.org.
Founded in 1896, the Big “I” is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of approximately a quarter of a million agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address: www.independentagent.com.