May 2, 2014
AFT's Weingarten on NYSUT Member Marguerite Izzo's Induction into the National Teachers Hall of Fame
WASHINGTON—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the induction of Marguerite Izzo into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. Izzo, a fifth-grade teacher in the Malverne Union Free School District, will be honored with four other inductees today.
"Marguerite Izzo makes a difference every day in the lives of her students and her community. As one of her students says, 'She wants us to be on top and aim high in the world when we grow up.' The passion and enthusiasm Marguerite brings to her job affects everyone around her, from students to teachers to parents. She never hesitates to take time to help a child or a colleague. A former New York State Teacher of the Year, she spends hours mentoring other teachers and strengthening our profession. A strong advocate for public education and an active member of the New York State United Teachers, she has worked to help bring the voice of educators to policymakers in Albany and Washington. The entire AFT family salutes Marguerite Izzo and the four other inductees—teachers from Kansas, Michigan and Texas—who make up the National Teachers Hall of Fame Class of 2014, and we congratulate these outstanding educators on this appropriate and well-deserved honor."
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.