Upper Marlboro, MD – Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released this statement regarding National Teacher Appreciation Day and Week which is being observed today, Tuesday, May 9 through Friday, May 12.  For more information about National Teacher Appreciation Day, please click here to the National Educators Association website.

“Every American, no matter their age, gender, race, or class, has been positively influenced by a teacher. Whether it was an elementary school teacher who helped improve your handwriting, a middle school teacher who discovered your unique talent, or a high school teacher who inspired you to pursue your dreams, the impact of teachers on our lives is immeasurable.

For me, it was those teachers who would not give up on me despite my challenges with reading.  I am forever grateful to an unforgettable teacher who introduced me to the book that changed my life, Richard Wright’s “Black Boy.”  It was this book that launched my love for reading and helped me to better understand myself.  I could list many more teachers, coaches, professors, tutors, and mentors who taught me and influenced me to become the adult I am today.  I am very appreciative of every teacher I was blessed to have and I would like to simply say – Thank you.

My greatest joy as Prince George’s County Executive is when I visit our schools and watch the interactions of trust, interest, care, and compassion that exist between the students and their teachers.  On behalf of the residents of this County, I want to thank each Prince George’s County educator for your dedication to our children and their futures. Your work is making a difference and you should be proud of that.”