Missouri Educator Top Honoree at 2011 Awards Gala

Kathy Steinhoff (above) accepts the 2011 NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence.


On Friday, at our Salute to Excellence in Education gala, Kathy Steinhoff, a math educator from Columbia, MO received the top honor. Kathy was selected from five Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence recipients nominated for the award by their state associations to receive The NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence.


In addition to the outstanding educators, the NEA Foundation presented the Pearson Foundation with The NEA Foundation Award for Philanthropy in Public Education for its significant commitment to public education and ongoing support of public schools, students, and educators.


The NEA Foundation also presented 13-year old author, student-educator, and activist, Adora Svitak, with its Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education for her commitment to advancing public education.  She was accompanied by one of her favorite teachers, Julie Vindivich.


See the photos from the event below: (Photos by FotoBriceno)

The Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence Finalists joined by Harriet Sanford (far left) and CEO of Horace Mann Companies, Peter Heckman (far right).


Kathy Steinhoff (middle) is presented with the event's top honor.  She is joined by (L to R) NEA Executive Director, John Wilson; Harriet Sanford; NEA Member Benefits President and CEO, Gary Phoebus; Missouri NEA President, Chris Guinther; Elizabeth Oliver-Farrow, and NEA President, Dennis Van Roekel.


Mark Nieker (second from left), President of the Pearson Foundation, accepts The NEA Foundation Award for Philanthropy in Public Education.


Harriet Sanford presents Adora Svitak with The NEA Foundation Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education.  She is joined by one of her favorite teachers, Julie Vindivich (right).


Student musicians from New York and Wisconsin moved the crowd with powerful performances.



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