Teachers: 2011 Educator of the Year honored/2012 nominations open till March 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Craig Schuffenecker, a social studies teacher at Put-in-Bay High School, was a recipient of the 2011 Insurance Educator of the Year award by the Ohio Insurance Institute (OII).  Schuffenecker, a native of Curtice (near Toledo), was honored during OII’s awards banquet held in Westfield Center on August 30th.

The insurance educator of the year was selected for his ability to effectively incorporate insurance instruction into his social studies courses.  Members of the OII judging committee evaluated the submitted educator curriculum and course objectives.  They selected his entry as being very effective and creative in explaining insurance matters to students.

Schuffenecker has been teaching at Put-in-Bay High School for three years.  He earned a Bachelor’s in Education degree in 2008 from Heidelberg University, Tiffin, and a Master’s of Science in Education degree at Walden University, Minneapolis.  He enjoys coaching high school basketball and volleyball, and working with youth at the Ottawa County Fair.

In recognition of his accomplishment, Schuffenecker received an engraved plaque and a check for $1,000.  Steve Poe, the high school principal, received a check for $500 to enhance the school’s educational programs.  In addition, Schuffenecker will receive an OII grant – up to $500 – to take an insurance workshop or 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.

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Additional resources:
2012 Insurance Educator of the Year award information
OII’s Insurance Educator of the Year award winners – 1983-2011
Nominate an educator online
Download 2012 nomination form
OII’s TEACHER resources