2009 Insurance Educators of the Year honored


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Beth Lance, a business teacher at Wadsworth High School, and Ronda Rak, a family and consumer science teacher at North Ridgeville High School, were co-recipients of the 2009 Insurance Educator of the Year award from the Ohio Insurance Institute (OII). Lance, a native of Wadsworth, and Rak, a native of North Ridgeville, were honored during OII’s awards banquet held in Westfield Center, Ohio on September 1.

As the insurance educators of the year, Lance and Rak were selected for their ability to effectively incorporate insurance instruction into their courses. Members of the OII judging committee evaluated the submitted educator curriculum and course objectives. They selected their entries as being very effective and creative in explaining insurance matters to students.

Lance has been teaching for twenty-six years, with the past nine at Wadsworth High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Akron. She was formerly an advisor of the Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society and cheerleading squad.

Rak has been teaching for 2 years, with one at North Ridgeville High School. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and is a member of the North Eastern Ohio Educator’s Association (NEOEA).

In recognition of their accomplishments, each received an engraved plaque and a check for $1,000. Each school received $500 to enhance the school’s education programs (Jeff Teringo, assistant principal of Wadsworth High School was on hand to accept his school’s check). In addition, both Lance and Rak will receive an OII grant – up to $500 – to take an insurance or financial literacy course in the future.

The Ohio Insurance Institute is a trade association representing insurance companies and agent groups for the property/casualty insurance industry. A primary objective of the OII is to help Ohioans achieve a better understanding of insurance and related safety issues.