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Letter to the House about National Teacher Day

May 05, 2015

Dear Representative: 

Today is National Teacher Day, the highlight of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is traditionally observed the first full week of May. To honor our nation’s teachers, Representative  Graves (R-MO) and Representative Loebsack (D-IA) are introducing an important resolution commending the work of our nation’s teachers in helping to prepare our nation’s students for success. We urge you to support it. 

Last week, President Barack Obama honored NEA member Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year—along with all of the State Teachers of the Year—in a ceremony to let educators know that “we see how hard they work, we know the difference they make in their students’ lives, and … in the life of our country.” Peeples, a high school English teacher from Amarillo, Texas, was awarded the prestigious title by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). 

From coast to coast, from urban enclaves to rural towns, educators exercise incredible expertise, creativity, and caring to equip the next generation of Americans to succeed—in school and in life. But they can’t do it alone.  

Please help us celebrate National Teacher Day: support the resolution honoring the tireless efforts of America’s teachers to prepare our nation’s children for life and leadership in the 21st century. Contact Wes Shaw in Congressman Graves’ office ( or Vonnie Hampel in Congressman Loebsack’s office ( 


Mary Kusler 
Director of Government Relations