California Educator

February/March 2023

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K A T H R Y N W I N N , a kindergarten teacher for 25 years, was the lucky winner of $10,000 in California Casualty 's 2022 Education Staycation Giveaway. The Garden Grove Education Association member was randomly chosen out of 23,000 eligible K-12 public school employees across the country. "Shocked. Humbled. It brought me to tears," said Winn upon receiving the award on the last day of school in 2022. Winn found out about the contest through the Educator magazine. Members could enter from March through October 2022. California Casualty created the Staycation Giveaway for educators to focus and treat themselves, after working hard and putting so much of their time and energy into their students, schools and community. Staff at Morningside Elementary, where Winn teaches, said, " This could not have gone to a more deserving educator, who makes such a difference in the lives of students." Mark Pitchford, California Casualty executive vice president and chief marketing officer, agreed. " The whole mission of California Casualty is to serve those in our community who are heroes and serve others - an educator is the perfect example of that." When asked why she became an educator, Winn said, " What better job than the teaching profes- sion? My students are awesome. All my students are like a family. "I put together a book with their pictures and told them that when I retire, I don't need any gifts. That's the reward. I'm walking away with this book, and all the little notes that [they] have written me throughout the years. That's the only payment I need." California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to educators, firefighters, law enforcement and nurses across the country. Learn more at or call 800-800-9410. "What a better job than the teaching profession? My students are awesome. All my students are like a family." Staycation Winner! Garden Grove educator wins California Casualty contest Kathryn Winn, center, with CTA President E. Toby Boyd to her right along with the California Casualty team. The Staycation contest information that appeared in the Educator magazine. 49 F E B R U A R Y / M A R C H 2 0 2 3 C

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