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Batavia teacher receives excellence award

Will be presented in February in Washington, D.C.

BATAVIA – Jennifer Erickson, a third-grade teacher at Alice Gustafson Elementary School in Batavia, will receive the 2016 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence.

Erickson is among 42 public school educators who will be honored.

Each educator will be invited to participate in the Global Learning Fellowship, a year-long professional development opportunity to cultivate global competence skills educators use to improve their practice and to prepare their students to thrive in a rapidly changing world, according to a news release from the NEA Foundation.

Awardees will be recognized at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on Feb. 12, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

The NEA Foundation and the National Education Association jointly present the awards.

“We honor these outstanding educators, who truly deserve our recognition and thanks, and we empower them to transform the profession by driving innovation that leads to positive student outcomes,” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation, in the release. “As Global Learning Fellows, our awardees receive high-caliber professional development opportunities that benefit their students, colleagues and the field.”

The educators were nominated by their National Education Association state affiliate. 

Each educator’s school will receive a $650 award. From the 42 state awardees, five finalists will be selected to receive $10,000 cash awards.

At the conclusion of the Washington, D.C., gala, one finalist will be named the nation’s top educator and receive an additional $25,000.

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