INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz honored hundreds of Hoosier educators during the state bicentennial celebration today. The celebration recognized more than two hundred Indiana educators who were part of the Hoosier Heritage Educators program which recognizes teachers and administrators who come from teaching families.
“As we celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial, it is important to recognize the contributions that hundreds of thousands of educators have made to make Indiana a great place to live, work and raise a family,” said Ritz. “Today, I am honored to recognize more than 200 outstanding Hoosier educators who come from teaching families that have dedicated countless years to supporting Indiana’s students. As communities across our state continue to experience a teacher shortage, now more than ever, it is important to recognize the dedication of Indiana’s teachers and school administrators.”
The Hoosier Heritage Educators program is an official Bicentennial Legacy Project. This statewide program identified educators who come from teaching families and recognized them and their families for their dedication to Indiana’s children and the profession. The project aims to encourage youth to follow family traditions and join the teaching profession. The Hoosier Heritage Educators program was developed by the Department in collaboration with the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents and was sponsored by George K. Baum and Company.
In addition to honoring Indiana’s educators, Superintendent Ritz and the Indiana Department of Education handed out thousands of free books to Hoosier children and families at the bicentennial celebration at the Indiana Statehouse. The books were donated by Vincennes University to support the efforts of the Hoosier Family of Readers literacy initiative to encourage children to read both in and outside the classroom.
Additional information about the Hoosier Heritage Educators program, including a list of honored educators, is available here.