US Teacher Appreciation Week: Google celebrates 'classroom heroes' across America

The search engine's doodle is meant to represent a day in the life of a teacher

David I. Klein
New York
Tuesday 07 May 2019 09:30 BST

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Google kicked off Teachers Appreciation Week in the US with a Doodle - a themed redesign of the website's signature logo, honouring the country's educators.

"Google is celebrating the classroom heroes supporting their students every day." Google said in a statement on their website.

The Doodle was created with the help of the 57 US State Teacher's of the year who were invited for a week long visit Google's headquarters back in January.

"The week was full of workshops and activities, including one session in which every teacher was asked to dream up their own Doodles to show the world a day in the life of a teacher," wrote Rodney Robinson, one of the teachers of the year who attended the event, in Google's statement.

"When I thought about a day in my own life, my students—whose stories aren’t often told—rose to the forefront."

Robinson hails from Virginia and has been teaching for 19 years. Currently, he teaches social studies at a juvenile detention facility. His Doodle included prison bars, symbolising his student's detention but also a library book and a couch which were meant to represent an opportunity for education and healing.

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"I saw similar themes of hope and passion for students in my fellow teachers’ drawings and was excited to see the final Doodle: I always have said if you put a group of teachers in a room together, magic organically happens!" Robinson added.

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