NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
JOEL I. KLEIN, Chancellor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE N-26, 2007-2008
November 28, 2007
CHANCELLOR KLEIN AND UFT PRESIDENT WEINGARTEN LAUNCH THANK A TEACHER CAMPAIGN
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Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein and United Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten today announced the City’s first-ever Thank a Teacher Campaign to give public school students and alumni a chance to thank their teachers for the impact they have had on their lives. The Department of Education (DOE) and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) are asking current students and graduates to write up to 200 words about a special teacher. Submissions should be sent to ThankATeacher@schools.nyc.gov. If possible, a photograph, drawing, or painting of the teacher can be submitted along with the short essay. Responses will be posted on the DOE’s Web site at schools.nyc.gov/students.
“Teachers can have enormous influence on the lives of their students, immediately and long after the children grow up,” Chancellor Klein said. “I’ve said many times that I owe a great deal to Sidney Harris, my physics teacher at Bryant High School in Queens, who encouraged me not to set any limits when I thought about my future. There are so many powerful stories like mine. We want to recognize and honor New York City’s outstanding teachers for their important role in our schools and in our City.”
“Most people remember at least one teacher who touched their lives at a crucial turning point, sparked their interest in learning and inspired them to strive for excellence,” Randi Weingarten said. “For me, there are so many that I don’t want to single out one—Mr. Swift, Mrs. Seltzer, Mr. Dillon, Ms. Wilker, to name a few. Not surprisingly, parents concur, as 90 percent of those who responded to a survey this year said they are satisfied or very satisfied with their children’s teachers. It’s only fitting that we take a moment to say thanks for caring and making a difference.”
The deadline for New York City public school students and graduates to submit essays and pictures is December 21, 2007.