Multi-talented and award-winning performer Queen Latifah will honor teachers when she hosts and narrates "Teach," a new two-hour special that explores America’s education system through the eyes, minds and hearts of its most essential resource – teachers, when it premieres Friday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.
The special captures the essence of what it means to be a teacher through the lens and extensive footage of a year-in-the-life of four public school teachers.
A musician, television and film actress, author, entrepreneur and headliner of her new upcoming syndicated talk show, Queen Latifah is the daughter of a New Jersey public school teacher who fully recognizes the importance of inspiring young minds to strive to become the next generation of great educators.
“There is no profession more essential than that of an educator, and it’s time for all of us to embrace and celebrate their importance and contribution to America’s children,” said Queen Latifah in a statement. “My mother was a teacher at the same high school I attended, and she was a great teacher who, in fact, was loved by all and played an important role in so many of her students’ lives. I’m proud to be a part of "Teach" and help to shine a light on the individuals whose job it is to motivate and mentor our most important resource.”
Viewers will go into the public school district classrooms of: Matt Johnson, a 4th grade teacher at McGlone Elementary, Denver; Shelby Harris, 7th grade math teacher at Kuna Middle School, Kuna, Idaho; Joel Laguna, a 10th grade AP World History teacher at Garfield High, Los Angeles; and Lindsay Chinn, a 9th grade algebra teacher at MLK Early College, Denver.