PRESS RELEASE – Navajo Nation leaders honor and thank all educators with “Navajo Nation Teacher Appreciation Week” recognition
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer issued a proclamation on Sunday, May 1, proclaiming May 3 – 7, 2021, as “Navajo Nation Teacher Appreciation Week” to honor and recognize school teachers and parents who dedicate their time and commitment to providing a long-lasting positive impact in the lives of Navajo children and students across the Navajo Nation.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers and parents have gone above and beyond to support our Navajo children’s well-being and success. This school year, they’ve instructed virtually and worked even harder to ensure every student has the tools they need to reach their full potential. Now, more than ever, it is important that we take the time to say ahe’hee, thank you. Our teachers are doing their very best with the resources on hand,” said President Nez.
The proclamation also recognizes and offers appreciation to all parents and grandparents who homeschool their children and continue to teach the Navajo language, culture, and tradition.
“Parents and grandparents are the first teachers in the lives of our children. We appreciate all who work at home and find time to teach English, math, and science to their children. To our grandmothers and grandfathers, thank you for passing along the teachings that make us a strong and prosperous people to this day,” added President Nez.
The proclamation also states that the Nation’s teachers instill the teachings of our great leaders and ancestors, and emphasizes the importance of education to create a better future for the Navajo people and communities.
“Our Nation’s teachers have created warm and welcoming virtual classrooms for children during the pandemic. We are thankful that we have talented and dedicated educators who create opportunities that unlock the hearts and minds of our children. Thank you for being the superheroes, role models, and mentors within each of our communities, especially in the midst of this worldwide pandemic,” said Vice President Lizer.
National Teacher Appreciation Week is recognized across the country from May 3 – 7, 2020.