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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Visits Randolph Elementary School in Arlington, Va. to Kick Off Teacher Appreciation Day

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made a morning visit today to Randolph Elementary School in Arlington, Va. The school day had yet to begin when Duncan surprised the Randolph staff at a Staff Appreciation Breakfast sponsored by the Randolph Parent Teacher Association (PTA). 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.”

Duncan also thanked and congratulated Matt Tosiello, a third-grade teacher at Randolph Elementary 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, 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.

Later this morning, Duncan also joined President Obama in the White House Rose Garden to honor the 2011 National Teacher of the Year, Michelle M. Shearer of Frederick, Md.

For more information on the Department’s activities during Teacher Appreciation Week, please visit

Also this week, please join Duncan in thanking a teacher who has made a difference in your life or in the life of someone you care about by posting their name and a message via Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.