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InVEST Program Announces Teacher of the Year

National program dedicated to insurance education honors Dallas public school teacher.

Denise Tucker cropped.jpgALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Oct. 19, 2015 – Denise Tucker, who teaches at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas, is the 2015 InVEST Teacher of the Year Award. The program is a key driver to attract new talent to the insurance industry.
“Great teachers, like Denise Tucker, are imperative to the InVEST program which provides much needed financial literacy education and is critical for the success of the industry,” says Cindy Hower, InVEST board chair and president of Kellerman Insurance, an independent agency in Holton, Kansas. “Ms. Tucker’s dedication to her students and InVEST has resulted in a wonderfully successful program at Woodrow Wilson High School. We are honored to present her with this year’s InVEST Program Teacher of the Year award.”
Tucker has taught high school for nine years, including four on the Woodrow Wilson High School faculty. A popular teacher and community leader, she was nominated by the Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas. Tucker is credited with bringing the InVEST program to Woodrow Wilson High School and successfully managing an exciting curriculum that includes internships, job shadowing days, and launching an Academy of Finance Advisory Board operated by students. Tucker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.
“The future of the independent agency system is contingent on attracting new talent and InVEST is a major part of this development,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “Dedicated educators like Denise Tucker are critical and we’re so grateful that they 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, Virginia, 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
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:
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Alexandria VA 22314
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