NDEA Member Karen Toavs to be Honored in DC7.25.2012
Williston Educator to Receive
The California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence
Karen Toavs to be honored by California Casualty and the NEA Foundation at Washington, DC Awards Gala
Karen Toavs, a language arts and history educator at Williston Middle School, is a recipient of the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, one of the nation's most prestigious honors for public school educators.
Toavs is one of 38 awardees who will be honored at the NEA Foundation's Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington, DC on February 8, 2013. Known as the Academy Awards of public education, 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, President and CEO of California Casualty.
Toavs was nominated by the North Dakota Education Association, National Education Association's state affiliate in North Dakota. Photos and names of all of the awardees can be found here. Each awardee's school will receive a $650 award.
From the 38 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.
The NEA Foundation
The NEA Foundation is an independent, public charity supported by contributions from educators, corporate sponsors, and others. We partner with education unions, districts, and communities to create powerful, sustainable improvements in teaching and learning. Visit http://www.neafoundation.org/ for more information.