Awards Gala


The NEA Foundation will host its annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on February 7, 2020. The evening will be filled with great talent, inspiration, surprise, laughter and maybe even a few tears. Every year, we’re thrilled to celebrate educators, applaud student and guest performances, and learn more about the excellent educators who we honor.

Date: Friday February 7, 2020

Time: 6:30 - 10:30 pm

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

To register for the 2020 Gala, click here. The deadline to register is January 29, 2020.

The Awardees

Of the 45 educators to be honored, five finalists will receive the 2019 Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence and $10,000. To cap the evening, one of the five finalists will receive the night's top honor: the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence and $25,000! Here are the awardees:

 Kerisa Baedke

Waukee, Iowa

Iowa Education Association


Patricia Hannon

Hohenfels, Germany

Federal Education Association

 Jessica Jernegan

Bixby, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Education Association


Elizabeth Sked

New London, Connecticut

Connecticut Education Association

 Alhassan Susso

The Bronx, New York

New York State United Teachers


A Look Back at the 2019 Gala

Awards Gala

  • Resistance Revival Chorus
  • HM Awardees
  • California Casualty Awardees
  • Cicely Woodard and Beth Brown
  • FunkyWunks
  • 50th Signage

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