Ridley School District Superintendent Lee Ann Wentzel has been named 2017 Financial Literacy Advocate by Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) for her commitment to and active involvement in financial education within the Ridley community and beyond. Each year, FMFCU and its charitable Foundation recognize an educator for his or her work to promote financial literacy.

Ms. Wentzel will be formally honored before a gathering of more than 600 educators, administrators, students, parents, business professionals, and local dignitaries at the annual Partners in Education Celebration. The region’s premier academic achievement event will be held Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center in Drexel Hill.

“I am flattered,” Wentzel said, “but all of the credit goes to the many people who did the real work building financial literacy for the district—the School Board championed the ideas; the elementary staff leads children on field trips to Bear Country Credit Union; and the high school staff envisioned, constructed, and delivered real world applications [via a Student-Operated Financial Literacy Center and FMFCU led financial education].” Each of these endeavors was executed with Partners in Education.

Rick Durante, Vice President of Education for FMFCU said Lee Ann’s advocacy and exemplary leadership style has made a huge difference in the community. “Thanks to her initiative, hundreds of students have access to hands-on financial education programs,” Durante said. “With a Student-Operated Financial Literacy Center inside Ridley High School, school field trips to Bear Country Credit Union for the youngest learners in the district, and a slew of age-appropriate financial literacy lessons and workshop for every grade level, Ridley is building a culture of fiscal responsibility.”

Ms. Wentzel is Ridley’s fifth Superintendent of Schools since 1967. She joined the district in 1990, first as a high school teacher before ascending the ranks to become Dean of Students and assistant principal. Ms. Wentzel earned her bachelor’s degree in social studies secondary education from Clarion University and her master’s degree from Temple University. Her administrative certifications and credentials were received from Widener University and The University of Pennsylvania.

Partners in Education Celebration

The annual Partners in Education Celebration is the Philadelphia region’s premier academic recognition event. Being honored along with Lee Ann Wentzel are 2017 Delco Hi-Q Academic Competition Teams, the Delco Hi-Q Hall of Honor Inductee, recipients of the Delaware County Excellence in Teaching Award, John D. Unangst Scholarship Winners, and the Student-Operated Branch Council. FMFCU and the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) are the event’s primary sponsors with support from dozens of organizations and individuals.

FMFCU Partners in Education is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is the propagation of financial literacy and education.