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May 3, 2016
Contact: Alexandra Freeze

Association of American Educators Recognizes Teacher Appreciation Week

Alexandria, VA – Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6, 2016) is in full swing and National Teacher Day is today! Thousands of advocates from across the country are honoring local teachers and acknowledging the role they play in making sure every student receives a quality education.

In honor of this important week, Association of American Educators Chairman and President Gary Beckner released the following statement:

“America’s teachers are true heroes who influence students in our nation’s classrooms every day. Showing our appreciation to this dedicated workforce shouldn’t be limited to this week and day. We need to work together to acknowledge the significant contributions our teachers make on our society as a whole. Their role is incredibly valuable.

We want to thank teachers for all they do to go above and beyond the call of duty. AAE member educators are a prime example of what’s working in education today. Their active involvement in advocating for commonsense reform, in trailblazing a more professional path for educators, and of putting students first is inspiring. I’m honored to work alongside such a dedicated group of teacher leaders. I couldn’t appreciate them more!”

The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educator's organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. AAE members are forward-thinking professionals who are committed to student-centered reform efforts including school/teacher choice, accountability and technology. AAE has members in all 50 states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $16.50 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources as well as a host of other benefits. Visit for further information.