Raymore-Peculiar NEA member receives California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence

From California Casualty
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Rebecca Stumpf
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 20, 2017

Patrick Hemmingsen to be recognized by California Casualty and the NEA Foundation at 2018 Washington DC Awards Gala

Kansas City, MO – Patrick Hemmingsen, science instructor at Raymore-Peculiar High School in Peculiar, Missouri, is one of 38 public educators who is receiving the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. Mr. Hemmingsen was given a $650 check and commemorative certificate during a faculty assembly Tuesday, Sept. 19 from California Casualty Field Marketing Manager Rebecca Stumpf.

Mr. Hemmingsen will also be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington, DC on Feb. 9, 2018.

The California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence are unique: in addition to being recognized for excellence in instructional and professional practice, awardees are nominated by their peers – their NEA state affiliate – for their dedication to the profession, community engagement, professional development, attention to diversity, and advocacy for fellow educators.

“I use empathy to create a ‘living classroom,’ an environment that is open to new ideas, personal needs, and contributions from both students and parents to enrich learning,” said Mr. Hemmingsen.

Each year, the Salute to Excellence in Education Gala draws almost 1,000 supporters of public education, and thousands more online, to applaud these awardees. At the gala, the educators are truly the stars, celebrated throughout the night with music, performances, videos, and more. The evening gives educators well-deserved recognition for their hard work, personal dedication, and profound influence. During the festivities, which will be streamed at www.neafoundation.com, the nation’s top educator will be revealed.

“These outstanding educators are innovators, challengers, and global thinkers,” said Harriet Sanford, NEA Foundation President and CEO. “We are delighted that California Casualty joins us once again in expressing our shared admiration and thanks for their work.”

“The California Casualty awardees are the architects of our nation’s future,” said Beau Brown, California Casualty CEO. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to honor them with the California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence.”

Mr. Hemmingsen was nominated for the honor by the Missouri National Education Association.

Founded in 1914, California Casualty has partnered with the Missouri NEA to provide auto and home insurance tailored to their professional needs since 1996. 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 www.calcas.com/MNEA or call 1.800.800.9410. 

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