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California Casualty Salutes the Nation’s Top Educators


California Casualty joined the NEA Foundation in honoring the recipients of one of public education’s most prestigious awards: the 2019 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence. See the entire list at

San Mateo, CA, February 12, 2019 – California Casualty congratulates the best and brightest educators in the United States who were celebrated February 8 at the NEA Foundation’s 2019 Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C. California Casualty is a sponsor of the gala.

The inspirational evening featured 46 instructors who were chosen by their peers for one of public education’s highest honors – the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. The awardees were cited for their dedication to the profession, community engagement, professional development, attention to diversity and advocacy for fellow educators. California Casualty CEO, Beau Brown, helped present the awards to the deserving recipients.

Cicely Woodard, 8th grade math educator from Franklin, Tennessee, took home the top honor: the NEA Member Benefits $25,000 Award for Teaching Excellence.

“These educators are keeping the promise of public education by creating learning opportunities for their students that are relevant and rigorous. They advocate for each other, the profession, and public education,” said outgoing NEA Foundation President and CEO, Harriet Sanford.

“We deeply appreciate California Casualty’s partnership in recognizing these exemplary educators.”

“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. “We applaud the great work of the California Casualty awardees.”

California Casualty gave $500 to each Award for Teaching Excellence recipient’s school.

The gala was attended by more than 900 people who witnessed the work of the exceptional teachers who deliver on the promise of education for all of America’s students.

Award for Teaching Excellence Recipients

About The NEA Foundation
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.

About California Casualty
California Casualty has been serving the insurance needs of educators for 68 years and is the only auto and home insurance company to earn the trust and endorsement of the NEA. As a result, NEA members qualify for exceptional rates, deductibles waived for vandalism or collisions a vehicle parked at school, holiday or summer skip payment plans and free Identity Defense protection – exclusive benefits not available to the general public. Learn how to save by getting a quote at, or by calling 1.800.800.9410.

Award for Teaching Excellence Recipients

Beau Brown with some of the awardees holding up a thank you California Casualty sign