May 7, 2013 is National Teacher Day, a time for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives. This week, May 5-11, is designated Teacher Appreciation Week by the National PTA. It's a time to strengthen support and respect for teachers and the teaching profession.
During Teacher Appreciation Week – and every week – NJEA is working to highlight the stories of teachers and educational support professionals who are making a difference in the lives of students. Watch Classroom Close-up, NJ on NJTV or online to hear more stories of educators making a difference.
A teacher appreciation story that inspires
Sometimes, it takes a life-changing event to spur people to action. Dr. Lee Buono, a neurosurgeon from Medford, Burlington County, was encouraged by one of his patients to thank Albert Siedlecki, the teacher who inspired him to become a neurosurgeon. In the 1980s, Mr. Siedlecki taught Dr. Buono how to dissect a frog’s brain. Nearly 20 years later, Dr. Buono is saving lives. Watch their story.