Total of $150,000 in Educational Grants Awarded to 60 Teachers Across America to Drive Positive Change in Nation's Classrooms
Farmers Insurance Announces Second Round Winners of Thank America's Teachers Program Raising Total to $300,000 in Grants Awarded to Teachers

LOS ANGELES, July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Farmers Insurance(SM), one of the nation's largest multiline insurers, announced the second round of 60 winning teachers of its Thank America's Teachers $2,500 educational grant program. To date, a total of $300,000 has been awarded to 120 teachers across the nation. Farmers, inspired by the great work done by teachers every day, created the Thank America's Teachers initiative, to say thank you to teachers and give away more than $1,000,000 in educational grants in 2015.

Launched at the 2015 Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California, Thank America's Teachers features an iconic yellow school bus that is traveling coast-to-coast delivering opportunities to say thank you to teachers who give their time, talent and knowledge to ensure that our nation's children become smarter and better prepared for the future.

Through Thank America's Teachers, Farmers will give away more than $1,000,000 to educators in 2015 and the public will help determine who receives the grants at Farmers will award 180 grants valued at $2,500 throughout the year. There will be a total of three rounds of 60 winners announced and teachers are urged to submit proposals for the final round starting August 1 and ending in October. In addition, six Dream Big Teacher Challenge grants of $100,000 each will be awarded to help support innovative educational programs in communities across the country.

"The teachers receiving these grants have demonstrated a true passion as educators, and have made lasting impressions on the lives of their students," said Kelly LaMar, managing lead of Thank America's Teachers at Farmers Insurance. "Farmers is proud to be able to provide the necessary funds to help further advance education in their classrooms."

Whether online at or at stops in communities across the country, if a person has the email address of the teacher they wish to thank, their thank you will be delivered to that teacher in the form of an electronic postcard. It's a simple way to let teachers know of the difference they make or made in the lives of their students.

Ways the public can join the effort to Thank America's Teachers:

Below is a list of the latest group of 60 winners (note to editors, details of the winning proposals and access to the winning teachers are available by contacting Farmers Media Relations representatives listed above):

Name of Teacher


City, State

Allison Floyd

Tobias Elementary School

Kyle, Texas

Amy Rodriguez

P.S 212

Brooklyn, New York

Andrea Amidon

C. Grant Grimshaw Elementary

LaFayette, New York

Barbara Pickel

Parkview School

Steger, Illinois

Becky Tri

Kasson Middle School

Kasson, Minnesota

Beth Ristig

Madison Elementary School

Everett, Washington

Brandice Horning

Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School

Kasson, Minnesota

Carrie Swidecki

Louise Sandrini Elementary School

Bakersfield, California

Chelsea O'Neil

St. Francis Primary

Billings, Montana

Classie Nolan

Frederick Middle School

Frederick, Oklahoma

Colleen Lau

Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School

Kasson, Minnesota

Curtis Naylor

Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School

Kasson, Minnesota

Cynthia Ledbetter

Benton Academy

Benton, Mississippi

Ellie Fries

Prairie Branch Elementary

Grain Valley, Missouri

Eugene Firsich

Edward Gonzales Elementary School

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Guadalupe Garcia

William J Clinton Elementary

Penitas, Texas

Heidi Diercks

Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School

Kasson, Minnesota

Holley Gifford

Kennedy Elementary

Rexburg, Idaho

Holly Lopez

Parkview School

Steger, Illinois

Jane Mouttet

Mesilla Valley Christian Schools

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Jeanine Peters

Parkview School

Steger, Illinois

Jennifer Anderson

Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School

Kasson, Minnesota

Judy Dinkel

Yukon Middle School

Yukon, Oklahoma

Judy Griscom

Walnut Springs Elementary

New Braunfels, Texas

Julie Truesdell

Edna Hill Middle School

Brentwood, California

Katie Kittinger

Tortuga Preserve Elementary

Lehigh Acres, Florida

Kaye Lysen

Madison Elementary School

Everett, Washington

Kristen Reardon

C. Grant Grimshaw Elementary

LaFayette, New York

Laura Beckett

Madison Elementary School

Everett, Washington

Lauren Lagesse

Parkview School

Steger, Illinois

Lili Wong

Clovis West High School

Clovis, California

Lilliam Guilbee

Welleby Elementary

Sunrise, Florida

Lisa Chapman

C. Grant Grimshaw Elementary

LaFayette, New York

Lisa Pickens

Laurel Elementary

Billings, Montana

Lisa Wendt

Parkview School

Steger, Illinois

Mandy Helsel

Parkview School

Steger, Illinois

Maria Spucces

JHS 194

Whitestone, New York

Mary Ann Chavez

Raymond Gabaldon Elementary

Los Lunas, New Mexico

Marybeth Mugavin

Weaver Elementary

West Memphis, Arkansas

Melissa Hudak

Parkview School

Steger, Illinois

Nancy Nowak

Del Sur Elementary

San Diego, California

Nicole Kinney

St. Elizabeth

Kansas City, Missouri

Patti Guthrie

Rocky Ridge Elementary

Graham, Washington

Persia Wirth

Cabrillo Middle School

Santa Clara, California

Roseanna Gonzales

Canyon Breeze Elementary

Avondale, Arizona

Ryan Christensen

Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School

Kasson, Minnesota

Sali Ortiz

Elk Grove Elementary

Elk Grove, California

Shannon Prescott

Benton Academy

Benton, Mississippi

Sharon Koenig

Columbia Central

Steger, Illinois

Sherri Grinage

Madison Elementary School

Everett, Washington

Sherry Doyle

Parkview School

Steger, Illinois

Susan Andrews

Parkview School

Steger, Illinois

Susan Shell

Marsh Elementary

Michigan City, Indiana

Susy Smothers

Madison Elementary School

Everett, Washington

Tami Edwards

Alameda Middle School

Pocatello, Idaho

Teresa Miller

C. Grant Grimshaw Elementary

LaFayette, New York

Tiffany Hile

Jefferson Elementary

Shawnee, Oklahoma

Wayne Kettler

Madison Elementary School

Everett, Washington

William Moses

Parkview School

Steger, Illinois

Wynne York-Jones

West Woodland Elementary

Seattle, Washington

Farmers Insurance is working with, a national non-profit, to help teachers acquire the supplies and equipment they have requested in their proposals.

For more information about upcoming bus stops or the initiative, please visit:

About Farmers Insurance
Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is a leading U.S. insurer group of automobiles, homes and small businesses and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 22,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange, the largest of the three primary insurance entities that make up the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies®, is ranked No. 264 on the 2015 Fortune 500 list of largest companies.

For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at or at

About (AAC) gives teachers a hand by providing much needed classroom supplies and materials to help their students learn and succeed. As an award-winning 501(c)(3), AAC makes it easy for donors to provide funding and support to K-12 classrooms in public, private and charter schools throughout the U.S.  On average, teachers spend $500 of their own money each year to equip their classrooms - 10% of teachers spend more than $1000 annually. Since 1998 has raised over $22 million and benefited more than 5 million students throughout the U.S. AAC holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information, or to adopt a classroom, please visit


Trevor Chapman




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