For Immediate Release
Mark Goldberg, 719.532.8436

California Casualty Congratulates California Educators Helping to Grow a Brighter Future


San Mateo, CA, February 29, 2016 … Supporters of education gathered February 15 to honor the five 2016 California Teachers of the Year finalists. They were recognized for their dedication and innovation in helping grow a brighter future for California. One, Daniel Jocz, social studies instructor at Downtown Magnets High School in Los Angeles, was named California's 2016 National Teacher of the Year candidate.

As the Presenting Sponsor of the California Department of Education's School Recognition Program, California Casualty was proud to be part of the event. California Casualty Assistant Vice President Lisa Almeida, who introduced State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, was impressed that every one of the finalists "has a passion for their students and education that cannot be quenched." She hopes that one day her daughter, a first year kindergarten teacher, might be among this dedicated group of educators.

This is the second year that California Casualty is the Presenting Sponsor, helping to make possible these other California School Recognition Programs:

  • California Gold Ribbon Schools – honoring exemplary public schools which demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap
  • Classified School Employee of the Year – highlighting those who symbolize the profession's commitment to education
  • California Green Ribbon School Awards – recognizing schools that accomplish great things in the areas of sustainability and health
  • California Blue Ribbon Schools – celebrating schools that promote and support the improvement of education

"It's an honor to be a partner in this exceptional endeavor that recognizes the achievements of students, teachers, classified employees and elementary schools that are advancing excellence in education," said California Casualty Chairman and CEO Beau Brown, who was also in attendance.

California Casualty Field representatives will present awards and attend other special recognition ceremonies, enhancing the company's commitment to California educators.

Headquartered in San Mateo, CA, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to educators, firefighters, law enforcement and nurses across the country – American heroes who enhance their communities. Celebrating 100 years of service, 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 Casualty Supports California Educators

California Superintendent of Public Education Tom Torlakson (center) with California Casualty's Norma Alfaro, CEO Beau Brown, Amanda Keidel, AVP Lisa Almeida and Susan Frantz.