By Amanda Litvinov
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Hillary Clinton is now officially America’s first female presidential candidate of a major party. But that’s only one reason that educators were proud to take part in the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.
“The reason I’m so honored to have been here at the convention to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton is because she has been been a champion and advocate for children her whole life, and I, too, am an advocate for children,” said Jennifer Webb-Cook, a teacher of 27 years from Clark County, Nevada.
“Her work on behalf of kids, especially those overlooked by society, has been phenomenal,” said Webb-Cook, mentioning Clinton’s work on behalf of special needs students at the Children’s Defense Fund.
Webb-Cook said the priorities that Clinton has set–including expanded access to early childhood education, well-resourced schools in every ZIP code, and full federal funding of IDEA–would help students like hers and millions across the country.
“My students come from all walks of life,” she said. “Some have very involved parents. Others have so little time with their parents, who are working multiple jobs. Many are learning English, and too many come to school hungry. But Hillary knows what we’re facing, and she is determined to give all of those kids the supports they need to be successful.”
Webb-Cook has another motivation: Her two granddaughters, ages 5 and 10.
“I want to be able to look them in the eye and tell them they can be president some day,” she said. “In the meantime, I’m going to work my tail off to make sure that Hillary Clinton is our next president.”
Here are a few highlights from the 2016 Democratic National Convention where educators and students were in the spotlight or educators themselves helped record history: