NCHS’s Trohkimoinen Receives Award for Teaching Excellence

trohkimoinenJohn Trohkimoinen, social studies instructor at Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming, is one 38 public educators who will receive the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. Mr. Trohkimoinen will be presented with a $650 check and commemorative certificate, 3:40 p.m., Monday, October 16, during a faculty meeting at the school, 930 S. Elm St., Casper, WY, by California Casualty.

Mr. Trohkimoinen will also be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington, DC on February 9, 2018.

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.

“I challenge students in their beliefs and thoughts by using fact and reason, and I encourage students to question topics in the same way,” said Mr. Trohkimoinen.

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. During the festivities, which will be streamed at, the nation’s top educator will be revealed.

“These outstanding educators are innovators, challengers, and global thinkers,” said Harriet Sanford, NEA Foundation President and CEO. “We are delighted that California Casualty joins us once again in expressing our shared admiration and thanks for their work.”

“The California Casualty awardees are the architects of our nation’s future,” said Beau Brown, California Casualty CEO. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to honor them with the California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence.”

Ms. Trohkimoinen was nominated for the honor by the Wyoming Education Association.

Founded in 1914, California Casualty has partnered with the Wyoming Education Association to provide members auto and home insurance tailored to their professional needs since 1987. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown family. To learn more about California Casualty, or to request an auto insurance quote, please visit or call 1.800.800.9410.


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