Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the outstanding teachers of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties on National Teacher Appreciation Day.
This day gives us an opportunity to thank teachers for the incredible work that they do for our children and communities. Teachers help form the backbone of our nation, assisting children in harnessing their creativity and critical thinking skills to grow up into the next great American generation.
Today serves as a reminder that we must continue to invest in our nation's teachers, children and schools. As a proud mother of three students in Broward County public schools, I know firsthand the excellence our teachers bring to the classroom each day. Their patience and encouragement are shaping tomorrow's leaders and ensuring that America remains competitive, innovative, and prosperous.
If you talk to any educator, they will tell you that teaching is demanding. Teachers work long hours and are expected not only to impart certain knowledge, but also instill a love of learning in their students. They have made a conscious career decision to make a difference in the lives of our children.
As a Member of Congress for Florida's 23rd Congressional District, I am committed to supporting Broward and Miami-Dade educators and their peers across the country. Unfortunately, teachers don't always receive the recognition or resources they deserve. As policy makers, we must ensure that our teachers have the tools, resources and support they need. When we do this, we not only invest in these dedicated professionals, but we also invest in our children and their futures.
As a parent, let me say thank you to all teachers for devoting your time and skills to our children. We are grateful for all that you do.