On Monday evening, Dr. Jill Biden hosted the 2010 National Teachers of the Year reception to congratulate teachers across the country for making a difference in their students’ lives. She was joined by the Department of Education’s Undersecretary Thelma Melendez and Chief of Staff Margot Rogers.
Dr. Biden said being surrounded by teachers at the reception made it one of her “absolute favorite events of the year”:
Just like each of you – I see day in and day out in my classroom the critical importance of education to the lives of Americans and the success of our nation.
I love being a teacher because I see that I can make a difference in the lives of my students. Regardless of the subject I’m teaching, my goal is to impart a sense of confidence in my students that will give them the strength to move in a positive direction.
I know each of you here tonight could share similar stories about your students who have been inspired by something you have taught them – and have, in turn, inspired you.
You stand here as the best of the best – each being honored this week for going above and beyond for your students, and our country.
So – on behalf of myself, my husband the Vice President, and President and Mrs. Obama – I want to say Thank You.