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Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashād to emcee NEA Foundation Gala

Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashād to emcee NEA Foundation Gala

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“A good teacher watches and learns how you learn, and is really interested in seeing that light go on. … That’s how Mrs. Wheadon was as an instructor.” – Phylicia Rashād

Below is a 1992 interview of Rashād from the “My Favorite Teacher” series presented by Learning Matters.

Phylicia Rashād, the Tony Award-winning actress best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” will emcee the NEA Foundation Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 7.

Rashād was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role on “The Cosby Show” in 1985 and 1986 and became the first African-American actress to win a Tony Award.

She says educators have played important roles in her life, beginning with her first teacher, her mother, who taught her to read music. She credits much of her success to her high school English teacher, Mrs. Wheadon, who left such a lasting impression that years later, they worked together to encourage young people to join the teaching profession.

As this year’s Gala emcee, Rashād will help honor 36 educators as they receive public education’s most prestigious awards. For the first time, the audience will include not only the 850 education and business leaders gathered in Washington, DC but also the awardees’ students, colleagues, friends, and families who will be watching from around the country via live stream video from the NEA Foundation website.

Join the celebration! Watch live streaming video of Rashād and the many educators and national awardees on beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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