The 2004 Kentucky Department of Education Teacher of the Year, Patti Rowland, of Danville, recently visited Washington, D.C., and the White House to celebrate with all of the nation's teachers of the year.
Rowland represented Kentucky as she carried state education issues straight to the Oval Office where she was able to speak with President and Mrs. Bush.
"It was unbelievably exciting!" Rowland said of the experience. "They both have such a genuine appreciation for the job that teachers do and for the importance of education, and they made such an effort to make every teacher there feel special."
After visiting the Oval Office, Rowland was honored during a ceremony in the Rose Garden recognizing some of the nation's most accomplished teachers.