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Statement from Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Regarding Teacher Appreciation Day 2018
Upper Marlboro, MD - Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released this statement regarding National Teacher Day which is being observed today, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. For more information about National Teacher Day and Teacher Appreciation Week please visit the National Education Association’s website.
“Today, I send my appreciation and thanks to the teachers in Prince George’s County and throughout the State of Maryland for their tireless commitment to educating their students. The sacrifices that teachers make to enrich the lives of our children are often taken for granted. I had some amazing teachers who had such an incredible impact on my life. I struggled with reading and was held back two grades, but my teachers never gave up on me. They saw possibilities that I ultimately saw myself, which has led to the many blessings I have had in my life. One of the reasons I am so dedicated to public education is because I want to pay forward the wonderful opportunities I have experienced because of caring teachers who believed in me."
In Prince George’s County and throughout this state, there are thousands of educators who influence young people in positive ways. Whether a teacher is captivating a classroom, grading tests and papers late into the evening, coaching a team or leading an after school activity, teachers influence in so many ways each and every day.
On this day especially, and throughout this week, I thank all our educators and express my sincerest appreciation for your service and love for our children. My greatest joy as County Executive has been visiting our schools and seeing our wonderful teachers, and their students, in action. They deserve so much more for the interest, care, and compassion they show for their students, but today and all week we simply say, thank you.”