ALEXANDRIA, VA — May 3, 2013 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is proud to honor teachers in its 194 schools around the world during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10.
Sponsored by the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) since 1984, this celebration offers parents, students and communities the opportunity to thank teachers for the hard work they do each day to make schools great for every child.
The work teachers do is important and DoDEA teachers take on a special role in children’s lives since many students have parents that are deployed - sometimes for more than a year at a time. For children of military families, educators provide a sense of stability and normalcy when other areas of their lives may change because of their parent’s service in our nation’s military.
“Every day teachers and support staff work tirelessly to fulfill DoDEA’s promise of delivering a quality education to all military connected students,” said DoDEA Director Marilee Fitzgerald. “I have seen the profound depths of our DoDEA teachers’ commitment to educating the children of our nation’s heroes and the civilians who support them each day,” she said.
“What makes our teachers special is the way they can relate to our students and instinctively know acknowledge what is going on in their lives – be it moving away, adjusting to a new home and school environment, or dealing with a parent’s deployment. Not only do they acknowledge their emotions, but they help them cope and move beyond the moment to continue the learning process. Our teachers do this each and every day in our classrooms around the world,” she added.
“Each of us has our own stories about teachers who helped us get where we are today,” said Fitzgerald. “Teachers have such a powerful and positive influence on the lives of their students,” she said. Theirs is an important role that deserves to be recognized and cherished in our communities.”
Activities and events are planned at many DoDEA schools to honor teachers and celebrate their important contributions. Interested media are encouraged to contact principals for details on school celebrations.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for Department of Defense dependents that would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Guam, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.