LAUSD educator to sit with first lady during State of the Union
Craig Clough | January 20, 2015
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Among the guests invited to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during the president’s State of the Union address tonight is an educator from LA Unified.
Katrice Mubiru is a district adult education teacher who wrote President Obama in 2012 to encourage him to support adult education, according to ABC7 and a White House press release. As a result of the letter, Mubiru introduced Obama during his visit to the Los Angeles Trade and Technical College last year.
When she introduced Obama, she noted how her family made fun of her for writing the president.
“When I wrote my letter to the president a couple of years ago, I was heckled at by my husband and kids, no less,” Mubiru told the audience. “No one replies to letters, they mocked. They said they read them and shred them. But for the White House to care about the rumblings of a humble school teacher like me says a lot about the man I am about to introduce.”
Mubiru is one of four from Southern California and 22 in total invited to sit with the first lady.
“I just couldn’t believe it. It was like winning the lottery,” Mubiru told ABC7 about her invite to the State of the Union. “It’s a great opportunity for me to represent the school and the community, and I am just very grateful to be selected.”
The president’s State of the Union address is scheduled for shortly after 6 p.m. PST.