ING U.S. Honors Excellence in Education as Co-sponsor of National Teacher of the Year

 ING U.S. Honors Excellence in Education as Co-sponsor of National Teacher of
                                   the Year

Washington Teacher Named 2013 National Teacher of the Year

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, April 22, 2013

NEW YORK, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --ING U.S. is marking its ninth year as
co-sponsor of the National Teacher of the Year, a project by the Council of
Chief State School Officers. ING U.S. joins in celebrating Jeff Charbonneau, a
9^th-12^th grade Chemistry, Physics and Engineering teacher in Zillah, Wash.,
as the 63^rd National Teacher of the Year. Charbonneau, along with the 2013
State Teachers of the Year, will be recognized by President Barack Obama in a
ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

"It is an honor to once again sponsor this program, which gives deserved
recognition to those educating and tapping into our children's potential,"
said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation and senior vice president of
ING U.S.'s office of Corporate Responsibility. "ING congratulates Jeff
Charbonneau on this distinction and the other state winners for their
commitment to children across the country."

Charbonneau teaches at Zillah High School (ZHS) in Zillah, Wash., where he has
spent his entire 11-year teaching career. He earned a Bachelor of Science
degree in biology and was a member of the William O. Douglas Honors College at
Central Washington University, and holds a Master of Education from Central
Washington University. He is a National Board-Certified teacher. He has
received numerous awards, among them being various business donations and
grants totalling more than $25,000 to support the ZHS Robot Challenge, of
which he is founder and director.

ING U.S.'s commitment to children and education extends beyond the National
Teacher of the Year program. Through signature programs — such as ING Unsung
Heroes®, ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge and ING Run for Something Better®
— ING U.S. recognizes teachers for their innovation, ensures young girls are
exposed to basic money-management skills and offers schools a solution to help
combat childhood obesity.

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serve the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and
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ING U.S.'s mission to guide Americans on their journey to greater retirement
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