Philadelphia teacher LeShawna Coleman had some interesting lunch company Wednesday: President Obama.
Coleman, a 13-year Philadelphia School District veteran, teacher coach, and English as a Second Language teacher, had expected to travel to Washington for a U.S. Department of Education event about teacher equity. (The Education Department introduced a program Monday to get more strong teachers in the nation's poorest schools.)
But last week, she learned she was one of four teachers nationwide chosen to lunch with the president and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The other teachers came from schools in Arkansas, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia.
"The one ingredient that we know makes an enormous difference is a great teacher, and we have four of the best teachers in the country here," Obama said at the lunch, held in the White House Blue Room.