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October 3, 2014

Tina Veal-Gooch
Director of Public Relations
903.794.3651 ext. 1013

Monica Washington Selected as Recipient for one of Public Education's Most Prestigious Awards. Heads to Washington in February.

Texarkana, TX – Monica Washington, Teacher at Texas High School, was recently named by the NEA Foundation as one of the 39 recipients of the 2015 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence, one of public education's most prestigious awards.

She will be recognized at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington, DC on February 13, 2015. One of the public education’s most anticipated events, the gala attracts more than 850 of the nation’s leaders from public education, philanthropy and the private sector.

“We give these awards annually to honor and promote excellence in education and to elevate the profession. Educators like these are critical to their students’ academic success, and they deserve national recognition,” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “We are thrilled that California Casualty has joined us again this year to pay tribute to educators who are making such a difference in the lives of students in classrooms across the country.”

“Educating our youth is so critically important. California Casualty is proud to partner with the NEA Foundation to pause and celebrate excellence in teaching,” said Beau Brown, Chairman and CEO of California Casualty.

The educators were nominated by their National Education Association state affiliate. Each educator’s school will receive a $650 award.

From the 39 state awardees, five finalists will be selected to receive $10,000 cash awards. At the conclusion of the Washington, DC gala, one finalist will be named the nation’s top educator and receive an additional $25,000.

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Photo Identification:
Left to Right: Ovidia Molina, Vice President of Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) & National Education Association (NEA); Becky Cerliano, Regional Representative for TSTA; Monica Washington; Brandon Watson, Texas Field Marketing Manager for California Casualty; Janna Connolly, Organizational Development Specialist for TSTA/NEA

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