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Vegas teacher attends State of the Union address

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Clark High School teacher Amy Evers poses with Rep. Joe Heck ahead of the State of the Union address on Jan. 28. (Courtesy: Amy Evers) Clark High School teacher Amy Evers poses with Rep. Joe Heck ahead of the State of the Union address on Jan. 28. (Courtesy: Amy Evers)
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Amy Evers has worked with the Clark County School District since 2007. She teaches AP U.S. Government classes at Clark High School and was able to attend the 2014 State of the Union address.

"It was incredible. To think you're sitting among all three branches of government of the U.S… and then I am there. It's an experience I'll never forget," Evers said.

Evers was invited by Congressman Joe Heck's office after she sent him a letter describing her role as a government teacher, and told him that each year her students are assigned to watch the address as homework.

Heck invited her to be his one guest for the event, and even stopped by one of her classes the week before.

"He definitely, to them, showed he was a real human being with opinions, but who cared about his constituents. One of my students commented,  'it was everything you could learn about a member of Congress you couldn't find on Google,'" Evers said.

Evers went to our nation's capital a few days before the speech and was able to meet with other Nevada elected leaders including Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. Dina Titus and Rep. Steven Horsford.

"I've been doing some meetings on the Hill and talking about things I would like to see in Nevada, and how to increase opportunities for my students at Clark High School," Evers said.

She said the part about the experience she's most excited to bring back to her students is that our elected leaders seemed to welcome the opportunity to speak with their constituents. She says that's an opportunity that should be taken advantage of no matter who you are or what side of the aisle you are on.

"I have an optimism I hope to pass on as far as, if they're so inclined, in reaching out and speaking with your congressman. It isn't as difficult as you may think it is," Evers said.

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