California Casualty is proud to join the NEA Foundation in congratulating the recipients of one of public education’s most prestigious awards: the 2018 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence.

 Exceptional teachers make a difference for their students. To recognize some of them, the NEA Foundation recently announced the 2018 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence recipients.

The 38 awardees represent the best of their profession and will be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala next February in Washington, D. C.

The California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence are unique: in addition to exhibiting excellence in instructional and professional practice, awardees are nominated by their peers – their NEA state affiliate – for their dedication to the profession, community engagement, professional development, attention to diversity, and advocacy for fellow educators.

Their passion is reflected by their teaching philosophies. “Teaching makes all other professions possible. We are molding the next generation that will lead us through change and navigate the complexities of modern life,” said one.

“Every student in my classroom is encouraged to be comfortable in the skin he or she is in, which helps to create an environment that is conducive to learning,” said another.

And one instructor remarked, “Students who are going through any sort of issue know that they can come to my room for a break. I do not force them to talk to me, but I do make it known that I am there to listen and help if needed.”

Each year, the Salute to Excellence in Education Gala draws almost 1,000 supporters of public education, and thousands more online, to applaud these awardees. At the gala, the educators are truly the stars, celebrated throughout the night with music, performances, videos, and more. The evening gives educators well-deserved recognition for their hard work, personal dedication, and profound influence.

“These outstanding educators put heart and soul into supporting students and improving the profession,” said Harriet Sanford, NEA Foundation President and CEO. “We deeply appreciate California Casualty’s partnership in recognizing educators across the country.”

“We are glad to have the chance to show our respect and appreciation for the work of public school educators each year,” said Beau Brown, California Casualty CEO. “We applaud the great work of the California Casualty awardees.”

Each California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence awardee’s school will receive a $650 award. California Casualty provides financial support for the awards and Field Marketing Managers will help make local presentations in August, September and October.

During the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on February 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C., the nation’s top educator will be revealed. The gala will be livestreamed at

The NEA Foundation and the National Education Association jointly present the awards.

Find more information about the awards and photos of the awardees at


The NEA Foundation is a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students. Since our beginning in 1969, the Foundation has served as a laboratory of learning, offering funding and other resources to public school educators, their schools, and districts to solve complex teaching and learning challenges. We elevate and share educator solutions to ensure greater reach and impact on student learning. We believe that when educators unleash their own power, ideas, and voices, communities, schools, and students all benefit. Visit for more information.


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