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Recently, the NEA Foundation announced that Oregon's 2014 Teacher of the Year Brett Bigham will receive the 2015 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, one of public education’s most prestigious awards.

Bigham is among 39 public educators who will be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington, DC on February 13, 2015. One of public education’s most anticipated events, the gala attracts more than 850 of the nation’s leaders from public education, philanthropy, and the private sector.

Bigham was nominated by the Oregon Education Association. Each educator’s school will receive a $650 award.  

From the 39 state awardees, five finalists will be selected to receive $10,000 cash awards. At the conclusion of the Washington, DC gala, one finalist will be named the nation’s top educator and receive an additional $25,000. The NEA Foundation and the National Education Association jointly present the awards.

Bigham is a special education teacher in Multnomah County and was a featured speaker at this spring's OEA Representative Assembly.