PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Teaching can sometimes be a thankless job given the long hours and countless tests and papers to read.

Today, a Pittsburgh City Councilman made certain that at least one group of teachers would feel appreciated.

“I look at the teachers in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and everywhere else and say they are great. I mean, it’s a tough job to do. They are on the front line every day. They need a little recognition,” Pittsburgh Greenfield K-8 Principal Eric Rosenthal said.

They got that recognition today as City Councilman Corey O’Connor made a surprise visit to Pittsburgh Greenfield K-8.

“Teachers have a huge impact and it’s great to acknowledge the dedicated hard work that they do on a day-to-day basis,” O’Connor said.

That is why O’Connor — who has a degree in elementary education — issued a surprise proclamation declaring Monday as Greenfield School Teachers’ Day.

“The students have performed and made academic achievement year after year after year and it’s very nice to be acknowledged and appreciated,” Lara Evans said.

If these children — and thousand more like them around the region are our future — then O’Connor argues the teachers are the ones who mold and shape our future.

“Kids that are going to college, kids that just finished their high school diplomas just got it and they never thought they would ever get that far. So, I think it is the teachers encouraging our students to push them to be the future of not only the city, but the region,” O’Connor said.

Principal Rosenthal said a woman he worked for earlier in his career changed his life forever.

“There was a principal there by the name of Debra Rookie. I guess she saw something in me that I didn’t see and through her, this is why I am the person I am in the district today,” Rosenthal said.

“They give us opportunities to grow in the future, and you might not think about it when you are in middle school or high school, but when you look back, you will see that there was one teacher in your life that made a difference and that’s why you are doing what you are doing today,” O’Connor said.


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