As a former public school teacher who has been out of the system for six years, who feels as though no large body of people have ever – ever - stood up for educators – for me - for public schools – for students – in my professional lifetime – I just want to say thank you.
For all of the professionals – teachers – who are out there tonight – remember who you are – while I remember who I am. CTU is making sure I remember.
We are professionals with high expertise in a field of study that our nation must have in order to keep our democracy thriving.
We are professionals who are required to wear many different hats due to the nature of our job and the inability of our government and our society to recognize and take responsibility for the disgraceful poverty in our wealthy nation.
We know best practices and we have heart – none of which add up to a number.
We are the protectors of America's children.
We are the catalyst for the creativity, brilliance and problem solving found in the leaders across our country.
We help create beauty, bravery and confidence found in the citizens who can save our country from its current pending fall.
We are teachers.
I look to CTU.
I look to CTU and expect the nation to follow. While our public schools are dismantled, while children are abused by the policies of corporate education reformers, while teachers work in environments full of fear, while communities are torn apart, I have great hope that the rebuilding will occur as CTU lays the foundation.
Teachers across the nation, be proud tonight, you are valued and you are not replaceable, no matter what the media, politicians, billionaires or your community says.
Chin up. Stand with CTU, smile tonight and send them immense amounts of good energy. Midnight is the deadline. CTU stands up for me. I am a teacher.
Thank you CTU.