Secretary Duncan Visits George Mason High School in Falls Church, VA


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Secretary Duncan continued his Teacher Appreciation Week tour with a morning stop at George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia.

After greeting students as they arrived, Duncan joined Principal Ty Byrd on morning announcements, where he praised the Mason school community for their commitment to excellence and reminded students to take a moment to thank their teachers for their hard work.

The tour continued with a stop at International Baccalaureate (IB) history teacher Jamie Scharff’s classroom, where he thanked Jamie for his 20 years of committed service and encouraged students to pursue a rigorous course of studies. At English teacher Karin Tooze’s classroom, he challenged students to consider becoming a teacher. “Do you know how many teachers we’ll need in the coming decade?” Duncan asked. “All of us,” replied a student.

The tour concluded with a stop to congratulate French teacher and coach Julie Braven for her work to help students fulfill the Mason Mustang’s creed: Excel in mind, body and character.

On Friday, May 7, the Secretary will wrap up his National Teacher Appreciation Week tour with a stop in New Orleans, Louisiana. While in New Orleans, Duncan and Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) President Marian Wright Edelman will host a roundtable discussion honoring more than a dozen African-American men inspired to become teachers after working as Servant Leader Interns in the CDF Freedom Schools® program.

See additional photos and coverage of Secretary Duncan’s visit this morning at the Falls Church City Public Schools website.

Secretary Arne Duncan and Principal Tyrone Byrd greet students as they enter school Secretary Arne Duncan greets students at George Mason High School Secretary Duncan visits the 9th grade English classroom of teacher Karin Tooze. Secretary Arne Duncan greets students at George Mason High School.

Todd May
Office of Communications and Outreach