This week is Teacher Appreciation Week

Education 1This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to honor the enormous impact of our Nation’s classroom teachers.  In our increasingly global economy, great teachers equip students with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a competitive economy, while also cultivating the development of active and thoughtful citizens.  With a growing body of research that highlights the importance of teachers on the lives of their students, their daily work deserves recognition as a valuable contribution to the strength of our Nation.

My first job out of college was as a fifth grade teacher in North Philadelphia as part of my service in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.  This brief experience gave me a firsthand appreciation of the challenges faced by our school teachers.  This week, I will reflect on the great teachers who shaped my life and desire to pursue public service, as well the countless Pennsylvania educators who work tirelessly to ensure that every child achieves his or her potential.  Please join me in thanking teachers for their extraordinary commitment to students, families and the communities in which they serve.