Every day, the White House receives thousands of letters and emails from across the country. Our job in the Office of Presidential Correspondence is to sort and read each message and make sure that President Obama hears directly from Americans about what matters to them. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week , and we’re taking time to thank teachers across our nation for serving as role models and dedicating their lives to educating our next generation. These hardworking professionals teach the skills that will fuel our continued growth and innovation, as well as the virtues and values — like kindness, compassion, creativity, and resilience — that will prepare their students for tomorrow’s challenges. Each year, in classrooms across America, thousands of talented college graduates begin their careers as teachers. In 2012, Tara was a recent graduate when she started working as a special education teacher in Georgia. This past fall, she sat down to write a letter to President Obama about the challenges she initially faced, and the rewarding profession she has grown into after three years in the classroom: read more

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