2020 Horace Mann Awardees

From the dozens of educators that NEA affiliates select, an expert panel chooses five to receive the Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence.

Horace Mann Awardees receive $10,000, and special recognition at the NEA Foundation's Salute to Excellence in Education Gala. The panel selects one of these finalists to receive the NEA Member Benefits award and $25,000 at the gala.

2020 Awardees

Kerisa Baedke

Iowa Education Association.
8th/9th grade foreign language educator at Prairieview School in Waukee, Iowa


Patricia Hannon

Federal Education Association
Reading intervention specialist at Hohenfels Elementary School in Hohenfels, Germany


Jessica Jernegan

Oklahoma Education Association
Director of School & Community Engagement at Bixby Public Schools in Bixby, Oklahoma


Elizabeth Sked

Connecticut Education Association
Kindergarten instructional literary coach at CB Jennings Dual Language and International Elementary School in New London, Connecticut



Alhassan Susso

New York State United Teachers
12th grade social studies educator at International Community High School in The Bronx, New York



Nominate an Educator

The NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence present an annual opportunity for NEA state leaders to collectively and publicly recognize and reward exemplary educators for their outstanding instruction and advocacy to advance the profession. Each NEA direct affiliate may nominate an educator to receive an Award for Teaching Excellence between September and May. Visit our Nominate an Educator page for more information and to submit a nomination.

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