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Kansas City Educator Receives $500 New Teacher Award from California Casualty


California Casualty's New Teacher Shopping SpreeSan Mateo, CA, December 27, 2019 – Piper East Elementary School instructor Katherine Kirchhoff’s holidays became much sweeter, thanks to a $500 New Teacher Shopping Spree from California Casualty. California Casualty’s Field Marketing Manager, Gabby Sole, presented Ms. Kirchhoff with the award during a student holiday sing-along the Friday before Christmas.

Ms. Kirchhoff, a KNEA member, applied for the award while she was a student teaching in Olathe. She was hired this year to teach 4th grade at Piper East Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas.

“I am so thankful for this giveaway from California Casualty,” she said. “Being a first-year teacher, I didn’t realize all of the things I would need, and this money is going to help me get supplies that I planned to purchase for my classroom and students.”

Ms. Kirchhoff will use the funds for essentials, such as Expo markers, pens, paper, and other materials that will benefit her students. Surveys show that most educators spend $500 or more each of their own funds year for classroom supplies.

From remembering student names, applying classroom management techniques, and developing lesson plans, new teachers face many challenges as they enter the classroom for the first time. California Casualty wants to support them with the funds to create a learning environment where students thrive.

Partnering with educational groups since 1951, California Casualty gives back with community impact initiatives that benefit students and schools, awarding more than $100,000 each year in academic grants and awards for educational excellence.

Student members of the National Education Association can apply for the 2020 $500 New Teacher Shopping Spree at The entry deadline is August 4, 2020. A winner will be announced in September.

Founded in 1914, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to educators, law enforcement, firefighters and nurses. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, 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

Winner of the 2019 California Casualty New Teacher Shopping Spree

(left to right) California Casualty’s Gabby Sole, Piper Teachers Association President Kevin Kohls, Shopping Spree winner Katherine Kirchhoff, KNEA Vice President Sherri Schwanz, and KNEA UniServe Director Anna Moon Bradley