Kapolei teacher to receive teaching excellence award

Kapolei Hoola Leadership Academy educator recognized for excellence in teaching

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Congratulations to the 36 public schools educators who were nominated by their NEA state affiliates for the 2014 NEA Foundation’s Awards for Teaching Excellence, and kudos to the five who will also receive the Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence. Celebrate these educators with us by watching the live webcast of the 2014 Awards Gala on Feb. 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (ET).


Joan Lewis Kapolei Hoola Leadership Academy

Kapolei Teacher to Receive
The California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence

Joan Kamila Lewis to be honored by California Casualty and the NEA Foundation at Washington, DC Awards Gala

Joan Kamila Lewis, a language arts teacher at Kapolei High School in Kapolei, HI, is a recipient of the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for public school educators.

Lewis is one of 36 awardees who will be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington, DC on February 7, 2014. 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, Chairman and CEO of California Casualty.

Lewis was nominated by the Hawaii State Teachers Association, the National Education Association’s state affiliate in Hawaii. Photos and names of all of the awardees can be found on the NEA Foundation Web site. Each awardee’s school will receive a $650 award.

From the 36 state awardees, five finalists will be selected to receive $10,000 cash awards.  At the conclusion of the Washington, DC awards gala, one finalist will be named the nation’s top educator and receive an additional $25,000.

The NEA Foundation and the National Education Association jointly present the awards with support from California Casualty, NEA Member Benefits, Pearson Foundation, and the Horace Mann Educators’ Corporation.

Learn more about Joan Kamila Lewis and her students.
Go to YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l905BB1Os48


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