Biden: Teachers 'most consequential' people after parents
October 20, 2021
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden hosted a White House ceremony Monday to recognize the 2021 and 2020 national teachers of the year, the state teacher finalists for those years and teachers nationwide, all of whom had to work longer and harder during the pandemic.
The president was a surprise guest, walking out onto the South Lawn after the first lady, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and both national teachers had spoken at the ceremony.
Biden said teachers are the "single most consequential people in the world," beyond one's parents, because of the influence they have over their students.