Congratulations to Kimberley Gilles, an English teacher at Monte Vista School in Danville, CA, and a member of the California Teachers Association, who won the evening's top honor at the gala: The NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence and $25,000. This award recognizes, rewards, and promotes excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession.
Watch Gilles' moving acceptance speech.
Miss any of these moments? See some of the evening's highlights below.
Join us LIVE Friday night for the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala, and find out who will receive some of public education’s most prestigious awards. With 36 fabulous nominees, you’re bound to see someone you
Five educators will take the stage with an audience of 800 leaders of education, business, and their peers to receive public education’s most prestigious prizes, the Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence and $10,000. These educators
From Fairbanks, AK to Wheatland, WY, meet the 36 educators, nominated by their NEA state, federal, and direct affiliates, from across the country, whose pursuit of excellence in education and advocacy for the profession has earned them the 2014
(L to R: Harriet Sanford, President & CEO of The NEA Foundation;
Leslie Nicholas, language arts educator at Wyoming Valley West Middle
School in Kingston, PA; Gary Phoebus, President & CEO of NEA Member
"There are things in life that bring pure joy…you know eating your favorite ice cream or seeing your child master a new skill, when just months ago they were certain they’d never learn how. And while each day in my work here at the
hail from Anchorage, AL to Selma, TX, and 36 points in between. Although their
specialties vary, their pursuit of excellence in education; their advocacy for
the profession; and their dedication to their students is remarkably similar.