GOV. MALLOY, LT. GOV. WYMAN, CMSR. PRYOR RECOGNIZE NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
(HARTFORD, CT) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he has proclaimed May 5-9, 2014 as National Teacher Appreciation Week in the State of Connecticut. Governor Malloy, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, and Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor released the following statements in honor of National Teacher Day, Tuesday, May 6, 2014:
"An educator's ability to nurture student potential, ignite a love of learning, and encourage critical thinking is an unbelievable gift fundamental to the success of our democracy and our economy," said Governor Malloy. "I'm envious of teachers' ability to impact young people and their futures. Providing learning opportunities that level the playing field and give students a leg up is an issue very dear to my heart, one that I have been committed to for most of my career in public service. I am proud of the historic step Connecticut took this month in passing legislation that will expand high-quality early education for thousands of young children who would otherwise enter primary school already behind. As Governor, I will remain committed to supporting teachers who are working hard in classrooms across Connecticut to put our students on a path to success."
"Teachers make a tremendous commitment to our young people, imparting the skills they need to achieve their goals and inspiring students long after they leave the classroom," said Lt. Governor Wyman. "Today is a great opportunity to reflect on all of the ways teachers impact our communities, strengthen our state, and shape the nation's next generation of leaders."
"A teacher's impact reaches far beyond the four walls of a classroom and its effect can be felt for generations. Teachers awaken a love of learning in our youngsters, unlock students' potential for academic success, and care deeply for our children's well-being. Though we only designate one day of the year as National Teacher Appreciation Day, we are grateful for teachers' dedication, passion, professionalism, and service every day," Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor said. "As we work together towards higher expectations and improved outcomes for our students, we will continue listening to teachers, inviting their ideas and incorporating their feedback as we go. I would like to specifically note that I am very grateful for our partnership with the leaders of the American Federation of Teachers-Connecticut and the Connecticut Education Association, who always ensure that teachers' voices are heard."
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Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman