StoryCorps, the national oral history initiative, announced Monday a new program to interview hundreds of American teachers.

In Springfield, Va. Samuel Bliss, 5, wipes a tear on his first day of kindergarten at Orange Hunt Elementary School. His kindergarten teacher, Katy Trinh is seen at right. (Photo by Matt McClain/For The Washington Post)

“Every day teachers all across the country are igniting curiosity, inspiring passions and opening doors for our children,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The program kicked-off Monday in Washington.

Since its launch in 2003 StoryCorps has recorded 70,000 people with emphasis on September 11, African American experiences. Latino life and motherhood. Eventually all the interviews are collected at the Library of Congress in the American Folklife Center.