Voya Financial Celebrates Excellence in Teaching

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The global goals of sustainable development cannot be achieved by technological breakthroughs, financial support or government policy alone. A fundamental shift in the way people think and act lies at the core of global change. This requires excellence in education at all levels and in all social contexts.

Recognizing the critical importance of education, Voya Financial has honored Sydney Chaffee, a ninth-grade humanities teacher at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston, MA, who has been named the 2017 National Teacher of the Year. Chaffee, along with other 2017 State Teachers of the Year, will be honored at a White House ceremony.

Voya is the presenting sponsor of the National Teacher of the Year program, which helps recognize excellence in the classroom, highlights the positive impact that skilled teachers can have on the lives of their students, and amplifies and empowers teachers’ voices. This year marks Voya’s 13th year supporting the program.

Heather Lavallee, president of Tax-Exempt Markets, Voya Financial, said that the company is committed to helping children become financially resilient, equipping them with the educational foundation and life skills needed to make sound financial decisions throughout their lives. Voya is pleased to support the National Teacher of the Year program, which honors teachers who are empowering children to succeed.

Chaffee creates authentic learning experiences for her students through a unique curriculum that focuses on social justice and brings students together from across their school and community. This includes the school's "Community Circle" and initiatives with community partners including Boston's Huntington Theater Company and Codman Square Health Center.

For Voya, supporting programs such as the National Teacher of the Year furthers its mission and vision, which is to help all Americans, including teachers, become financially and emotionally ready for their retirement. Through Voya Foundation, the company is committed to programs that help young people become financially resilient.

At the core of Voya Foundation is the belief that education is the key to healthy communities, which in turn fosters the sustainability and growth of the economy. Voya's support for teachers, children and education extends beyond the National Teacher of the Year to other signature programs, such as Unsung Heroes and Junior Achievement.

Source: 3BL Media