In honor of President's Day our Fellows shared their thoughts about a president who serves as a good role model to their students and why they thought so.  



Read their responses:

"Barack Obama- He serves as a good role model because he demonstrates respect for everyone, especially women. He models the right way to treat others while running a country with pride."

-Lisa Bass, Cohort 3- 2014

"Barack Obama is a great role model for my students because he modeled grace under pressure, kindness, clarity, logical thinking and strength."

-Maryann Woods-Murphy, Cohort 2 (2012-2015)

"Abraham Lincoln for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation and supporting human rights"

-Shannon Keown, CO Ed Voice 2014-2016

"Thanks President Abraham Lincoln for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. Thanks President Barack Obama for enacting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Thanks John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) for initiating the Peace Corps."

-Tanika Johnson, Tennessee EdVoice Fellow 2016

"John F. Kennedy spoke at Vanderbilt University in May of 1963: "Liberty without learning is always in peril; and learning without liberty is always in vain. Any educated citizen who seeks to subvert the law, to suppress freedom, or to subject other human beings to acts that are less than human, degrades his heritage, ignores his learning and betrays his obligations." JFK encouraged tolerance in his many messages, and here he implies that we all carry a great responsibility to respect freedom and one another, and to be educated and use what we learn for good. A timeless message!"

-Shannon Morris, Colorado 2017

"I like to teach students about Theodore Roosevelt. In Wyoming we have a lot of protected federal lands because of Teddy and it helps my students understand the importance of conservation and our Mother Earth."

-Craig Williams, Cohort 2

"Abraham Lincoln because he chose to do what was right even though it was not popular with everyone at the time. He made decisions in line with his core beliefs in what was best for the country, regardless of the cost."

-Meg Freeman, National Fellow, Cohort 3