Press Release ● Education
For Immediate Release: 
May 7, 2012
Contact Info: 

Mariel Saez, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released a video message today marking Teacher Appreciation Week. Below is a transcript and a link to the video.


Click here to watch the video.

"When I was a student at Suitland High School, in Prince George’s County, Maryland, I had a teacher who left a lasting impression on me.  Ms. Jane Dumire was a young, energetic, and inspiring teacher of journalism and English.  As such, she served as the advisor to the school paper, and as a junior I was the editor of its sports page.  She was also advisor to the yearbook, for which I was the editor in my senior year. 

"Over the course of those two years, Ms. Dumire taught me and other students that we had a freedom to develop our own ideas and express our own opinions.  She taught us to have confidence in ourselves and never be afraid to ask for help – that there was no such thing as a 'dumb question.' 

"Ms. Dumire was more than a teacher: she was a mentor and a friend.  Her creative teaching style fostered innovative thinking both inside and outside the classroom.  Ms. Dumire was the kind of teacher you never forget, even after fifty years.

"The good news is that America has so many teachers like her, and I join in thanking all of them for their hard work and the gift they provide us greater than any other: a strong future for this nation."