Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Honoring Educators Who Inspire
We each have those special teachers we remember from grade school or high school because they taught us so well – and even more, they inspired us so richly. That’s what great teachers do. They help their student learn more about a particular subject, more about the world, and most importantly, more about themselves.
Here in Dover, we are honoring nineteen very special public school teachers, selected by their peers to represent their districts for Teacher of the Year. More than 500-people are here – from legislators to school administrators to professional education agencies -who want to honor not only these special nominees, but all deserving special teachers. If my math is right, the educators we’re applauding here will reach tens of thousands of children over the course of their careers. Children whose lives will be changed by their instruction. Because of our teachers, students will develop passions for reading and for science, a love for math or technology or engineering or the trades or writing and the arts. They will become our doctors and entrepreneurs – scientists and researchers – corporate leaders and public leaders. Because of the teachers that inspire them, some students will even decide to become educators themselves.
Each of these nominees is worthy of the state title because they go above and beyond without being asked and usually without recognition. But the one person who was chosen this year as Delaware’s Teacher of the Year is John Sell, an English teacher from Sussex Technical High School. He says his earliest memories are of his mother walking through the door exhausted after a ten hour shift but still ready to read a few nursery rhymes from work pages of a Mother Goose book. His mom instilled in him the joy and love of reading and learning. His dad made sure education came first in the house and school work was valued above other pursuits.
This Teacher of the Year banquet is our chance to say thank you to John and to all teachers – for the incredible impact that they are making and will continue to make on our children and on our state as we continue to work together to keep Delaware moving forward.