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Supporting the Goals and Ideals of National Teacher Day

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. HINOJOSA. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H. Res. 645 to urge my colleagues and our nation to observe Teacher Appreciation Week and the monumental contributions of America's teachers.

As a cosponsor of H. Res. 645, I commend our nation's teachers for their tireless work on behalf of millions of students and families; their knowledge and expertise; and their selfless dedication to their profession.

Throughout the year, our nation's teachers spend countless hours preparing lesson plans, evaluating student progress, counseling students and families, and instilling the vital importance of civic responsibility and national service.
In South Texas, we are fortunate to have exceptional educators who work day in and day out to educate and prepare children, youth, and adult learners to lead prosperous and healthy lives.

I especially want to thank Dr. Daniel King, Superintendent of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA) Independent School District, for honoring 44 of PSJA's teachers of the year this month.

Today, it's truly an honor for me to recognize and congratulate two of PSJA's outstanding teachers of year: my daughter, Iliana Hinojosa, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Dr. William Long Elementary who was selected as the PSJA Elementary District Teacher of the Year; and Agnes Ocampo, a science teacher at PSJA Memorial High School who was selected as the PSJA Secondary District Teacher of the Year.

Due to their hard work and extraordinary commitment to students and academic excellence, Iliana and Agnes have advanced to the regional competition. This is quite an accomplishment!

Iliana Hinojosa and Agnes Ocampo are shining examples of what can be achieved in our nation's classrooms. By instilling a love of learning in our children and ensuring that they succeed, Iliana and Agnes are transforming lives and helping students to reach their full potential.

As our nation observes Teacher Appreciation Week, I urge my colleagues and all Americans to support critical investments in education that help to provide all students with a high quality education and to make teaching one of the most valued professions in America.

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