For Immediate Release
Mark Goldberg, 719.532.8436

California Casualty Helps Honor California’s Teachers of the Year


San Mateo, CA, February 16, 2018 – Supporters of education from across the state gathered recently in Sacramento for the gala to celebrate the five California Teachers of the Year finalists for 2018. The moving event was sponsored by California Casualty.

“The California Teachers of the Year represent all of the educators and support professionals who are committed to helping our students learn and grow. Their energy is inspiring and contagious,” said California Casualty CEO Beau Brown after attending the annual ceremony.

The five honorees left an indelible impression on others from California Casualty. Vice President of Account Relations, Roxanne Dean, remarked, “All the recipients have a passion for valuing each child they have a chance to meet and work with.”

Partner Relations Field Marketing Manager Christy Forward added, “I feel like the education of our children is in good hands based upon the abundance of passionate, smart and motivated teachers in that room. I am proud of California Casualty’s role as presenting sponsor and proud to be part of a company that values education and educators.”

“The passion and emotion of the awardees and the incredible life stories shared by the finalists brought home how dedicated our teachers truly are,” said AVP Lisa Almeida. “The care and love they show for their students is inspirational.”

Dr. Brian McDaniel, music instructor at Painted Hills Middle School in Desert Hot Springs, was named California’s 2018 National Teacher of the Year candidate.

In its fourth year as the Presenting Sponsor, California Casualty is helping to make possible these other California School Recognition Programs:

  • California Distinguished 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 Casualty is proud to join the California Department of Education, the California Teachers of the Year Foundation and CTA in honoring educators who make a difference for their students and communities. California Casualty field representatives will present awards and attend other special recognition ceremonies, enhancing the company’s 66 year commitment to educators.

Headquartered in San Mateo, California, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to educators, firefighters, law enforcement and nurses across the country. 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.

Teachers of the Year

California Casualty CEO Beau Brown (left), AVP Lisa Almeida (holding plaque) and President and COO Joe Volponi (third from right) with the five California Teachers of the Year