I’m speaking to the media and I won’t mince words

I have the best job in the whole wide world: I’m a teacher who gets to advocate for kids and for the work NEA members do, no matter what our job titles, to cultivate students’ curiosity and set them off toward fulfilling, successful futures. On September 8 at the National Press Club Headliners Luncheon, I’ll get the chance to speak about all of that, along with the challenges we face and how we uplift public education in the pro-voucher Trump era.

I’m humbled by the company I’m in. Past luncheon speakers have included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Garrison Keilor, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and Billie Jean King. Wow!

I am also extremely grateful, because this provides a great platform for sharing our values as well as our enthusiasm for teaching, supporting, and nurturing students. That’s a super big deal, and I don’t take lightly my obligation to speak up for our kids and the 3 million members across the nation. So be forewarned: I don’t plan on mincing words during my remarks or during the question-and-answer period afterwards.

And speaking of questions, you can submit yours by 10 a.m. on the day of the event by emailing them to president@press.org. Make sure GARCIA is in the subject line.

If you’re in the area, I hope you can attend the luncheon. My remarks are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. If you have questions, please send an email to reservations@press.org or call (202) 662–7501.



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