“We are so excited you are here with us,” said a fourth grade teacher earlier this morning at Randolph Elementary School in Arlington, Va., where Secretary Duncan made an unannounced visit on Teacher Appreciation Day. The school day had yet to begin when Secretary Duncan surprised the Randolph staff at a Staff Appreciation Breakfast sponsored by the Randolph PTA.
Secretary Duncan spoke to the teachers who had gathered in the school’s library where students and the PTA had decorated the walls and ceiling with banners and streamers. “Children are lucky to have adults like you in their lives, working for them every single day,” said Duncan. “Thanks for the hard work and the difference you’re making in their lives.”
The Secretary also thanked and congratulated Matt Tosiello, a Randolph third grade teacher and the 2011 Arlington County Teacher of the Year. Duncan was joined by Randolph Principal Renee Bostick, Arlington School Board Chair Libby Garvey, and the President of the Arlington Education Association Pam Clark.
Throughout the country, parents and students and communities are taking time on National Teacher Appreciation Day to honor their local educators and acknowledge the crucial role teachers play in making sure every student receives a quality education. Click here for more information on the ED’s activities during Teacher Appreciation Week.
Later this morning, Secretary Duncan will continue to celebrate teachers by joining President Obama in the White House Rose Garden to honor the 2011 National Teacher of the Year, Michelle M. Shearer of Frederick, Maryland.