NH Teacher of the Year visits White House, meets President Obama
For Lee, a popular social studies teacher at Pinkerton Academy, it was an incredible experience he will never forget.
Lee said the Department of Education representatives wanted to know how policy is working and how initiatives are assisting, supporting or maybe even hurting teachers in New Hampshire and other states.
“I’d seen the White House from the outside, but to be able to be on the inside and get a behind-the-doors view of kind of how the White House functions on a daily basis was a neat experience for me,” Lee said.
Lee said he was about four people back from the President and was astounded as he looked around a room in the White House that was filled with historic paintings. Being a golf coach, he said he became somewhat distracted when he looked out a window and spotted the Eisenhower putting green.
“‘In kind of a nurturing way, he said ‘Sir, I’m going to have you take two steps forward,”’ Lee said. “He was asking me to close the gap.”
“I’m sure I looked like a kid in a candy store,” Lee said.
He eventually met the President, shaking his hand and chatting briefly with him.
“We were truly welcomed and our voice was heard as far as existing programs, national initiatives and concerns in the classroom.”
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