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

"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 Foundation I have the privilege of working with educators and union and community partners from across the county, our annual Gala is that one event where it all comes together. It is pure joy…


As I reflect on the last year in the education arena, it

Celebrating Excellence in Education

On February 8, 2013, in front of more than 800 leaders in public education, five educators will receive The Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence, $10,000, and recognition as the nation’s top educators at the NEA Foundation’s Salute

What Makes an Educator Excellent?

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

Danielle Kovach Accepts Top Honor at 2012 Awards Gala

Danielle Kovach, a special education teacher at Tulsa Trail Elementary School in Hopatcong, NJ, received the 2012 Salute to Excellence in Education Gala’s top award: The NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence and $25,000.


Kovach was

New Jersey Educator Top Honoree at the NEA Foundation Awards Gala

Danielle Kovach (above) accepts The NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence.


On Friday, February 10, at our Salute to Excellence in Education Gala, Danielle Kovach, a special education teacher at Tulsa Trail Elementary School in Hopatcong,

Meet five teachers helping kids know more

Read on to find out who will receive The Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence, $10,000, and recognition as the nation’s top educators at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C. They are:

  • Lisa

Meet the 2012 California Casualty Awardees

On February 10, 35 exceptional educators will take the stage at our annual Salute to Excellence in Education gala as the 2012 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence Recipients.


As part of the California Casualty nomination award, the

Kathy Steinhoff Accepts Top Honor at the NEA Foundation Salute to Excellence in Education

Last Friday, Kathy Steinhoff, of Columbia, MO, received The 2011 NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence and $25,000 at our Salute to Excellence in Education gala.


Steinhoff was one of five finalists for the top award; all received

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

NEA Foundation Awardee Blogs about Digital Arts Training

Maryann Woods-Murphy, one of our 2011 Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence Recipients, is blogging about the digital arts training her students received from Pearson Foundation as part of the awards program.


Each year, we partner with the

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