Duncan Makes Surprise School Visit to Kick Off Teacher Appreciation Day

“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.

Click here to watch a video of the Secretary’s visit, and you can also see more photos at ED.gov.

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  1. Teacher appreciation day is the nearest thing teachers get to an official thank you for our efforts. Yet, I can’t help but remember your glee at the mass firing of the teachers of Central Falls High School in Rhode Island. The event was an “Alamo” for teachers and it was followed by other events including the Wisconsin demonstrations. About thirty years ago an old history teacher told me never to forget that teachers were slaves in the Roman Empire and that in the public mind we weren’t much better. I laughed at his comment then,but, I am not laughing now. To thank us now after all the damage you have done to our profession is both condescending and disingenuous. I believe I had more respect for you when we were just simply critical of us and wanted to fire us if our children did poorly. In Rome we would have been flogged. In the United States your fired.

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