The NEA Foundation chose Kathi Sims, an early childhood education and school readiness teacher at Foley Elementary School, to receive the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. Only five teachers in the United States have been so honored by the NEA Foundation this year. Sims and the other finalists will be recognized at the NEA Foundation's awards gala February 7 in Washington DC. She will be presented with a $10,000 prize at the gala. Kathi Sims is flanked by her husband Randy Kosloski and classroom assistant Janelle Knutson. During the event, Sims said, "nobody does great things alone, and this is my team."