Obama Recognizes Defense Department Teacher at White House
By Lisa Daniel
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2012 - President Barack Obama today recognized a Defense Department teacher for the first time as a finalist in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
"A lot of important people visit the White House," Obama said during a ceremony in the mansion's East Room, "but to young people in classrooms around the country, nobody is more important than the men and women that we honor here today."
Wilson agreed, telling American Forces Press Service in an interview today, "The teachers I've met here will blow anyone away. They are the most dedicated individuals I've met in my life."
"They do value education, you can tell," she said.
"It's really neat to be with the Department of Defense because there is such a love of the military from these leaders," she said. "I will definitely bring back their love and admiration for the military community. I think that's really powerful for the students."
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Angela Wilson, one of four finalists for the 2012 National Teacher of the Year, poses with her husband, Chance, and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan in Washington, D.C., April 23, 2012. The Wilsons are teachers with the Department of Defense Education Activity in Vicenza, Italy. Courtesy photo