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Secretary of Energy Steven Chu talks about the influence of his physics teacher.

Providing America’s students with a quality education is essential to ensuring that we can continue to be leaders of innovation and industry, and we can’t fulfill that responsibility without quality teachers. There is already a great need for skilled math and science teachers and with many of the most accomplished educators approaching retirement age, the demand for specialists in those fields will only grow in the coming years. That’s why public figures like Secretary Chu are sharing the personal impact that good teachers had on their development and encouraging America’s best and brightest to take on that role for a new generation.

In the video below Secretary Chu reflects on how his high school physics teacher, Mr. Miner, aided his intellectual development and pushed him to embrace the learning process – lessons he’s kept with him ever since.

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