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Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 7-13

Few other professionals touch as many people as teachers do. Educators contribute to communities across our state every day in many ways. During Teacher Appreciation Week, thousands of communities will take time to honor their local educators and the commitment, enthusiasm and hard work of all educators— past, present and future. Teacher Appreciation Week is your opportunity to show your appreciation to teachers for all the effort they put in each day and the education that we receive thanks to them, and to acknowledge the crucial role teachers play in making sure every student receives a quality education.

About National Teacher Day and Teacher Appreciation Week

The origins of Teacher Day are somewhat murky. Beginning around 1944, Wisconsin teacher Ryan Krug began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodbridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 first proposed that Congress set aside a day to acknowledge the work of educators.

NEA, along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City Kansas local, lobbied Congress to create a permanent day celebrating teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day, but for that year only. NEA and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. Since then, NEA has celebrated National Teacher Day on the Tuesday of that week.


'Thank a Teacher' video from TakePart

"If you are successful, somebody along the way gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system we have that allowed you to thrive... The point is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together." ~ Pres. Barack Obama


Reflections on a career in education from DSEA President Frederika Jenner

"My teaching friends and I are no more or less patient than most people.  Maybe we just see the world of children in a different way...  I chose to become an educator and to stay with teaching for 39 years because I was always interested in children’s growth and development over time..."  Read Frederika Jenner's full comments here.