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The Emporia Gazette
By Mary Ann Redeker

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran stopped by Emporia State University Friday afternoon to personally congratulate the 2017 National Teachers Hall of Fame inductees during a reception held in their honor in Visser Hall.

“I want to congratulate the award-winning teachers here today,” he said. “I want to thank the National Teachers Hall of Fame here at Emporia State University for their continued devotion in finding outstanding examples of educators across the nation and in creating role models for the citizens of our country.”

Moran said there was no more noble profession than teaching.

“I am of the view that we change the world one soul — one person — at a time,” he said. “There is no place in the state of Kansas in which that happens more frequently than in the classrooms across our state. It’s true around the world, and we have the opportunity to make a difference in making the world a better place because of education.”

Moran shared a story about going back home for his high school reunion in northwest Kansas.

“To prove to you that teachers make a difference in one’s life, I was at our reunion a couple weeks ago,” he said with a smile. “We were reminiscing about teachers. We got to my speech teacher, Mrs. Wilson. She had an emphatic voice and she spoke with great annunciation. The only thing I remember her saying to me during any speech class that I was in was, ‘Gerald, sit down and shut up!’”

Moran said the key to success in Kansas was to have the best schools and best teachers possible.

“If you have the best teachers and the best schools, good things will happen,” he said. “I want to thank you for choosing a profession that really matters. I would like to express my appreciation to the National Teachers Hall of Fame and Emporia State for the continued devotion for educating teachers and recognizing those who are so successful.”

Moran has introduced legislation to designate the ESU Memorial to Fallen Educators as a national memorial.

The memorial is located in conjunction with the hall of fame and lists the names of educators who have lost their lives while working with students since 1764. The memorial is built and paid for and was dedicated in June 2014.

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