California educator wins top award at gala

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.

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A big night for public education: Watch LIVE WEBCAST on Feb. 7

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Five educators selected from 36 national awardees to receive top awards at Gala


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Pennsylvania Educator, Leslie Nicholas, receives top honor at the 2013 Awards Gala

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More than 800 national leaders

"My Kids": President & CEO Harriet Sanford at the 2013 Awards Gala

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Celebrating Excellence in Education

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They 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. They

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