Malvern teacher Nikki Salvatico to receive NEA award for teaching excellence
Nikki Salvatico, a first-grade teacher at General Wayne Elementary School in Malvern, Pa., and Great Valley EA President, will join 38 of her colleagues from across the country to be honored with one of public education’s most prestigious awards.
Salvatico was nominated by her colleagues to receive the 2015 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, presented jointly by the National Education Association and NEA Foundation. She will receive a $650 award for her school and is in the running to be one of five finalists who will each receive $10,000 cash awards. One finalist will be named the nation’s top educator and receive an additional $25,000.
Salvatico said she was humbled by the nomination for this award and credited her colleagues for inspiring her work as a teacher and an EA leader.
"Each day, I am amazed and grateful to be surrounded by passionate people who devote their every day to educating our youth," she said.
Salvatico will be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 13, 2015.
"Educators like these are critical to their students’ academic success, and they deserve national recognition," said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation. "We are thrilled that California Casualty has joined us again this year to pay tribute to educators who are making such a difference in the lives of students in classrooms across the country."
Salvatico described teaching as her "dream job," saying that she is "most grateful and humbled to be a part of my students' tomorrow."
She also said this award should be a reflection not just of her work but of "every single person I work with in every capacity of my career – first-grade teacher and president of our local. I am surrounded by passionate, devoted, amazing individuals who create the desire in me to work to be the best I can every single day! It is the best source of energy and motivation!"