Queen Latifah heads to the classroom in "Teach"

Queen Latifah (center) hosts and narrates the new CBS special "Teach," which that explores America's education system through its teachers, premiering Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 on CBS. CBS

Queen Latifah is heading into the classroom.

The entertainer will help pay tribute to America's teachers when she hosts and narrates "Teach," a new two-hour special that explores America's education system through the eyes of teachers.

The two-hour program, set to air Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, will go directly into schools all over the country, looking at the school district classrooms of several teachers, including Matt Johnson, a 4th grade teacher at McGlone Elementary, Denver; Shelby Harris, 7th grade math teacher at Kuna Middle School, Kuna, Idaho and more.

Queen Latifah's mother was a teacher, which is why she's happy to take part in the special: "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," she said. "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."

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