Kimberly Erickson, band and orchestra teacher at Norfolk Middle School, was honored Friday at a school assembly after recently being chosen as a 2018 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence recipient.

Only 38 educators were honored with this national award given by California Casualty in conjunction with the National Education Association (NEA). Recipients will be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala next February in Washington, D. C.

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

Chuck Hughes, principal at Norfolk Middle School said he was not surprised 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,” he said. “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.”

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