WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during Teacher Appreciation Week, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives honoring Stew Adams, a former teacher at Rock Island High School, for being recognized by the Illinois Education Association as the 2014 Retired Teacher of the Year. In addition to thanking Stew for his service, Bustos honored all the teachers across the region and country for their dedication to educating our youth.
Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated during the first full week of May each year.
Bustos’ prepared remarks are below:
I rise today to congratulate Stew Adams, who has been recognized by the Illinois Education Association as its 2014 Retired Teacher of the Year.
I’m proud to say that Stew is a constituent of mine, and spent years teaching special education classes at Rock Island High School.
In addition to his teaching duties, Stew was a tutor and mentor to many youngsters in the Rock Island and Milan School District.
He also contributed to the Rock Island “Safe Schools” program, has been an advisor for the Illinois State Board of Higher Education and Special Education and is a co-founder of the Western Illinois Retired Educators.
In addition to thanking Stew for his service to our community, I also want to take this opportunity during Teacher Appreciation Week to thank all current and retired educators across my region and the country.
Their hard work and dedication to our children is both awe inspiring and invaluable.
Our communities simply could not function without our educators.
Thank you to each and every one of our teachers.