|View from the first set of stairs|
|View from second set of stairs - Photo credit Allison Riddle|
|If you look closely, you can see a plane. We could see them flying in |
and out all evening.
|Place settings - names were on the programs|
Throughout the evening there were several speeches made by special guests such as Arne Duncan, the Secretary of the Department of Education, and Lily Garcia, vice president of the National Education Association. Each state teacher of the year was asked to stand and was recognized for representing his or her state.
|Jon Quam, director of the teacher of the year program|
|Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education|
|With Arne Duncan|
|With Rae McKee, 1991 WV and National Teacher of the Year|
Best of all, Brad came down for the evening and for the next day at the White House. It is very hard to be away from family this year - although you gain so much, at the same time you are also losing a year of your life. So I'm glad I had the chance to share this special evening with him.
|My prom/Oscar date :-)|
|With Mary Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower|
and president of People to People International
How does it feel to be treated like you are incredibly important? Overwhelming. Like I will never be able to pay it forward. A little fearful of what others will think of me for having had all this attention. I kept putting off posting about my experience in D.C. for that reason alone. After what I have experienced this year seeing the struggles faced by West Virginians not just in education but economically, spending a week being treated like a VIP seemed out of line. Maybe it is. Maybe I have been given too much. Regardless, I hope I will be able to share my experiences and use how much I appreciate what I have been given to do good things for others.