Wednesday, July 25, 2012

38 Educators to Receive National Recognition With the California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence

The NEA Foundation and California Casualty to Honor Educators at Washington, DC Awards Gala in February

WASHINGTON, DC (July 25, 2012) – The NEA Foundation today announced the names of the 38 public school educators who will receive the California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors.

These educators will be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington, DC on February 8, 2013.  Known as the Academy Awards of public education, the gala attracts more than 850 of the nation’s leaders from public education, philanthropy, and the private sector.

“We give these awards annually to honor and promote excellence in education and to elevate the profession. Educators like these are critical to their students’ academic success, and they deserve national recognition.” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “We are thrilled that California Casualty has joined us again this year to pay tribute to educators who are making such a difference in the lives of students in classrooms across the country.”  

“Educating our youth is so critically important. California Casualty is proud to partner with the NEA Foundation to pause and celebrate excellence in teaching,” said Beau Brown, President and CEO of California Casualty.

The educators were nominated by the National Education Association’s state affiliates. Each educator’s schools will receive awards of $650.  

From the 38 state awardees, five finalists will be selected to receive $10,000 cash awards. At the conclusion of the Washington, DC gala, one finalist will be named the nation’s top educator and receive an additional $25,000.

The NEA Foundation and the National Education Association jointly present the awards with support from California Casualty, the Horace Mann Companies, NEA Member Benefits, and the Pearson Foundation. 

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