Kim Erickson Receives Award

Pictured (L to R): Jenni Benson, NSEA President; Mrs. Kimberly Erickson, Norfolk Middle School; Stephanie Whitmore, California Casualty; and Mr. Chuck Hughes, Norfolk Middle School.


Mrs. Kimberly Erickson, Band and Orchestra Teacher at Norfolk Middle School, was honored Friday
9/28 at a school assembly. Mrs. Erickson was recently chosen as a 2018 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence recipient. Only 38 educators were awarded this national award for 2018.

California Casualty is proud to join the National Education Association (NEA) in congratulating the recipients of one of public education’s most prestigious awards: the 2018 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence. The 38 awardees represent the best of their profession and will be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala next February in Washington, D.C. 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.

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. Each California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence awardee’s school will receive a $650 award.

Mr. Chuck Hughes, Principal at Norfolk Middle School said, “ I am not surprised Mrs. Erickson was
chosen for this award. She is an outstanding educator and the students at Norfolk Middle School are
very fortunate to have her as a teacher. Her personal investment in student success is outstanding!
In addition to her attention to student success in music education, Mrs. Erickson invests a lot of her
time and energy into partnering with her teaching colleagues looking for ways to improve Norfolk
Public Schools and in strengthening her community. We are honored to recognize this award and
celebrate her achievements today in front of the students and staff of Norfolk Middle School.”               

For additional information please contact: Mr. Chuck Hughes, Principal - Norfolk Middle School,, 402-644-2569

Sarah Dittmer, Communications Director,, 402-644-2500