President Honors the 2016 National Teacher of the Year and Finalists

4:30 EDT: President Obama Honors the 2016 National Teacher of the Year and Finalists

101 Responses to “President Honors the 2016 National Teacher of the Year and Finalists”

  1. May 3, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Good Afternoon, Everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. May 3, 2016 at 4:20 pm

  3. 4 GGail
    May 3, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    An alligator was recently caught scratching at the front door of a South Carolina family’s home as if it were attempting to ring the doorbell. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  4. May 3, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you Chips ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congrats rikyrah ๐Ÿ™‚

    back to work ….

  5. May 3, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    The teacher of the year from CT resembles Malia Obama. I’m just saying.

    • May 3, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Maybe I should have my glasses on because that teacher didn’t look like Malia to me. The whole while I was watching this event I was thinking of those teachers in Detroit who is not getting paid, so they have been calling in sick. It is really ashame for those students, and I’m sure the teachers do not want to be calling in sick. It is just ashame.

  6. 10 sherijr
    May 3, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    well, what a rowdy bunch, those teachers ๐Ÿ™‚ That was really special. President Obama had me wanting to run out and become a teacher ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 11 carolyn
    May 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    That presentation was great to watch. As a teacher for fifty years, he is the first president I think respects us and knows the problems we face. I hope our governor and legislature listened to him about financial support for educators. Our budgets have been cut, cut, cut. They have the idea that money won’t help. But they are one of the highest paid legislatures in the country.

  8. May 3, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I always really like it when he says nice things about teachers. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • May 3, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      We all need to respect good teachers more. They deserve our respect just like cops, fire fighters, doctors,etc.,etc.And they need to get paid a good salary too.

  9. May 3, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Wow, that was so moving. What a wonderful event. Loved the end when people started yelling, “change the 22nd amendment!” and “Obama 2016!” POTUS just beamed.

  10. May 3, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    I was going back and forth watching POTUS honoring the teacher of the year and FLOTUS, Dr. Biden, Mark Kelly, and LeVar Burton at Fort Leonard Hood in Mo. reading to military kids.

  11. 24 donna dem 4 obama
    May 3, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    My Go To twitter feed on election night.

  12. May 3, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Rafael getting mad about Trump throwing out ‘ crazy’ theories about his Pappy?



    Where were you, Rafael..

    when Donald was peddling in birtherism….

    A majority of your party believes that the current President is a MUSLIM.

    A sizeable percentage – dare I say – a bigger percentage than voted for you – believes that the President was born outside of this country (I understand why you don’t wanna bring THAT up – wink)

    But, suddenly, Trump espousing these theories…is crazy?


    • 27 Don
      May 3, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      It just goes to show you how weak and thinned-skin they are. They couldn’t live a day in President Obama’s world.

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    • 30 99ts
      May 3, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Guess the NRA will be attacking him non stop. Nice to see someone in the GOP politics exercising his brain – although he was once a democrat. Maybe the current pretenders will send him back to the dems.

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  16. May 3, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    LOTS of AMAZING stuff here:

    • 34 mtmarilyn
      May 3, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you Meta. I have been listening to them all. Several I have never heard. What an amazing artist.

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  19. 47 0388jojothecat
    May 3, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Thank you to our TOD wonderful teachers….Betsy, Desertflower, Carolyn, and all the ones that not mentioned, you are an inspiration to your students and to those that teach us everyday like Bobfr, Nerdy Wonkette, Bill R, Lovely Plains, Liberal Librarian and our very own Teacher-In-Chief, PBO.

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  21. May 3, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Who doesn’t feel like this sometimes?

  22. May 3, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Oh dear, heads gonna explode…

  23. May 3, 2016 at 6:56 pm


  24. 61 JER
    May 3, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    NOW: Bernie Sanders Delivers Remarks in Louisville, KY – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=2

    • May 3, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      Senate takes 2016 sabbatical
      The chamber is in session for the fewest days in 60 years, straining Mitch McConnellโ€™s claim that the chamber is โ€˜back to work.’

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  27. May 3, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Any news about Indiana yet? From the Dem side. To hell with Trump and Cruz.

  28. May 3, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    The Bern is ahead in Indy…UGH!!!!

  29. 73 amk for obama
    May 3, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Is indiana open primary? bs is winning there.

    • 74 COS
      May 3, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Doesn’t matter. As I heard someone say, BS is running a “zombie” campaign at this point.

  30. 75 desertflower
    May 3, 2016 at 8:28 pm


  31. May 3, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    This seems to be an appropriate thread to share something i am inordinately proud of. You may or may not know of a program called National Blue Ribbon. It is sponsored by the Department of Education to recognize the top schools in the nation based on a wide variety of criteria.. I first heard about it almost 20 years ago.The district I teach in is very small: four elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. The district at that time was comprised mainly of working class families on one side, and middle to upper middle families on the other.In 1990 we opened a new elementary, Deerfield, where I teach, on the wealthier side. We had a great principal who set high standards for staff and students. the district had money for teacher training, supplies, and programs for the students. In 1998 our principal informed us that we were going to try for the Michigan Blue Ribbon, first and then for the National. The report was 50 pages long. We collected about 40 boxes of evidence of the quality of our program. Another teacher and I wrote the report, answering innumerable questions on test scores, demographics, special programs, after school activities, parent participation, lesson plans, student products, you name it. Our report was reviewed and we won the Michigan Blue Ribbon. Our name was then submitted for the National. We had a principal from another Blue Ribbon elementary come and spend the week going through all our boxes, interviewing parents, students, teachers, and administrators. In 1998, we won the Blue Ribbon, making it into the top 10% of elementary school in the country. My principal, my fellow writer and myself went to Washington to accept the honor along with all the other winners. President Clinton spoke at our luncheon. We were so proud, we could have burst. But sitting there talking with some of the other winners, we realized that as good as our achievement was, many of the other winners came out of poor areas with schools that faced much bigger challenges.

    Fast forward to this year. Our district has changed. While we still have some well-off families in the district, 2007-8 hit Michigan hard and many of our families have struggled since. The state government has made cut after cut to our budget. Our salaries have dropped significantly (I now make what I did in 2000), and the district has no money for teacher training, many special programs have been cut, and in my building we get $125 for supplies for our classroom for the year. Our families have changed; few children come to school with a nursery school experience. The families have more issues. We also have schools of choice children from a nearby poverty-stricken district. In 2000 our old principal retired and we got an even greater one, the fabulous John Pagel. His leadership style is a lot like President Obama’s: identify good people, listen to them and support them. He always encourages us and always has our back. He keeps our focus on the children and encourages experimentation and use of best practices. This spring John got a call from the State Board of Education. They had been going through the massive reports principals have to turn in every year covering demographics, attendance, test scores, teacher training, special programs, after-school activities, and ways that we serve at-risk students. She informed John that we were one of the top 13 schools, elementary through high school, in the state of Michigan. She said they were especially impressed because, in contrast to most of the other schools, 40% of our students were at risk for failure for one reason or another, and we had outperformed those statistics in every area. Our name is being submitted for a National Blue Ribbon this year.

    I know this is bragging, but I am so proud of our staff, from John down to the custodians and lunch ladies. We hadn’t even realized that the Blue Ribbon program was still in existence. Our families are poorer, our district is in financial distress, and our salaries have been cut, but our students perform highly when measured against some of the richest schools in the state.We have not allowed external circumstances to take our eye off the ball – giving our students the best education we can. It feels better than a pay raise! ๐Ÿ˜€ Whether or not we win the National, I Am So Proud.

    • 77 No Child Left Behind
      May 3, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Happy for you!

    • 78 jacquelineoboomer
      May 3, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      That’s a “ticket into heaven,” right there – helping children! Thanks. We’re proud of your team, too.

    • 79 desertflower
      May 3, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      {{{maryl1}}}} I am so proud of all of you! As I read, I could just substitute your info for mine and they would be nearly the same scenario….so glad that you all kept your eyes on the North Star. You have already won.

      • May 3, 2016 at 9:32 pm

        I can tell that we think alike – thank you! I am so blessed work with the people at my school. I wouldn’t work anywhere else! I have worked at Deerfield since it opened – this is my 26th year her! In all that time, even when staff has changed, we work as family, and I know that whatever personal or professional problem we might have, we always have each other to turn to.

    • May 3, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      OUTSTANDING! Congrats to all of the dedicated staff and students.

    • 82 vcprezofan2
      May 3, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Maryl, this is ‘bragging’ that’s well worth the sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Whether or not you and your colleagues and students win the National Blue Ribbon, you have all won with the successful community of teachers and learners that’s been created! Congratulations; it feels good to have you share your successes with us!

      • May 3, 2016 at 9:36 pm

        Thanks, vc. it was quite a long post and I had qualms after I hit send.

        • 84 vcprezofan2
          May 3, 2016 at 9:40 pm

          Nothing to be ‘qualmy’ [ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ] about! The background was necessary, plus there’s always lots of bad news floating around – good news deserve the details. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ {{{Maryl & the gand}}}

    • 85 mtmarilyn
      May 3, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      Oh Maryl1, we are so proud of you and your school. I come from a long line of teachers. My son is keeping the legacy going. There is nothing more important than teaching our children. You have every right to brag.

    • 86 sjterrid
      May 4, 2016 at 1:49 am

      Maryl1, That is wonderful. You have every reason to be proud. Congratulations to you, your principal and staff in your district. Good luck in the National. Thank you for sharing this story.

  32. May 3, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Adios, moron.

  33. 91 No Child Left Behind
    May 3, 2016 at 8:39 pm

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  35. May 3, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Cruz is out…he goes into the audience shakes a few hands…these goes off stage…leaving his family to fend for themselves…amazing

  36. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    May 3, 2016 at 8:46 pm

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  38. 97 desertflower
    May 3, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Oh for shit sakes! What a train wreck he was!

  39. May 3, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    All of PBO’s recent local interviews:

  40. 99 desertflower
    May 3, 2016 at 8:55 pm

  41. May 3, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    crazy cruz is giving up, so does this mean carly continues running for v.p.?!? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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