The list of accolades for Liberty Tree Elementary School’s Jonathan Juravich just grew longer.

Juravich, the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, is the latest recipient of the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. The award, provided in conjunction with the National Education Association (NEA), highlights educators from around the country cited by their peers for their dedication to the profession, community engagement, professional development, attention to diversity, and advocacy for fellow educators.[widgets_on_pages id=1]

Juravich is one of 46 public school educators nationwide receiving the award this year. He was nominated for the recognition by the Ohio Education Association and was presented with a $500 check from California Casualty Field Marketing Manager Ashley Wood and NEA Foundation representative Guy Kendall-Freas during an October 8 Olentangy Teachers Association Executive Committee meeting. Juravich will also be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington, D.C. next February.

“These educators are keeping the promise of public education by creating learning opportunities for their students that are relevant and rigorous. They advocate for each other, the profession, and public education,” said Harriet Sanford, NEA Foundation President and CEO. “We deeply appreciate California Casualty’s partnership in recognizing these exemplary educators, and we look forward to honoring them next February on stage at the beautiful National Building Museum in Washington, DC and with virtual celebrations across the country.”

“We are glad to have the chance to show our respect and appreciation for the work of public school educators each year,” says Beau Brown, California Casualty CEO. “We applaud the great work of the California Casualty awardees.”

Of the 46 state awardees who were nominated by their National Education Association state affiliate, five finalists will be announced at the beginning of the school year and receive $10,000 at the gala. The nation’s top educator will be revealed at the gala on February 8 and receive an additional $25,000. The gala will be livestreamed at

Sources: Olentangy Local Schools, NEA Foundation

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