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Brian Goodman 503.201.2700

California Casualty Celebrates California Distinguished Schools


San Mateo, CA, May 30, 2018 – California Casualty joins the California Department of Education in congratulating the 287 elementary schools named 2018 Distinguished Schools. The recipients were cited for their performance and progress in a series of areas that included test scores, suspension rates and English learner progress.

A ceremony was held at Disneyland in early May to honor the recipients.

As the Presenting Sponsor, California Casualty was proud to attend and help celebrate the awardee’s accomplishments.

California Casualty Assistant Vice President Lisa Almeida greeted attendees and introduced State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “What a magical night it was celebrating California’s Distinguished Schools. California Casualty is honored to support, in a small way, the amazing work being done across our great state,” she said.

California Casualty CEO Beau Brown thanked the dedicated teachers, administrators and classified employees who help students reach their full potential. “Your innovative leadership has helped California continue to be one of the top states preparing students for graduation, college and beyond,” he said.

Superintendent Torlakson added, “These schools implemented outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential, and put them on the path to achieve their dreams. Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity, and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”

The Distinguished Schools Program returned after a three-year break, replacing the Gold Ribbon Schools Program.

As the Presenting Sponsor, California Casualty also made possible these other 2018 California School Recognition Programs:

  • California Teachers of the Year
  • Classified School Employees of the Year
  • California Green Ribbon School Awards

Citing its 67-year partnership with the California Teachers Association, Superintendent Torlakson noted the important role California Casualty has taken in supporting schools that have advanced excellence in education.

California Casualty Field representatives are helping present special Distinguished Schools awards to the schools.

About California Casualty
Headquartered in San Mateo, California, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to educators, firefighters, law enforcement and nurses across the country – American heroes who enhance their communities. Founded in 1914, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown family. To learn more about California Casualty, or to request an auto insurance quote, please visit or call 1.800.800.9410.

California Distinguished Schools celebration

CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson (center) celebrating the Distinguished Schools with California Casualty at the Disneyland Gala

The Presenting Sponsor flyer