This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week and today is Teacher Appreciation Day! Outside of our parents and family, the teachers in our lives have had a hand in molding us into the individuals we are today. It is only fitting that we thank them for the difference they have made in our lives and the lives of our children. Take this time to remember and thank a teacher this week!

According to the National Education Association, the two goals of this week are twofold:

  • Thank America’s teachers for their commitment to students and for their work to create great public schools for every student.
  • Encourage talented and committed individuals to consider the rewarding and intellectually demanding profession of teaching.


The following excerpt is posted on the International Business Times website.

Below are some quotes on teachers and the art of teaching from Brainy Quotes and Good Reads to celebrate this day:

1. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” — Albert Einstein

2. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ― William Arthur Ward

3. “They inspire you, they entertain you, and you end up learning a ton even when you don’t know it” ― Nicholas Sparks, Dear John

4. “When I go to bed at night, I ask God to give me another day; I ask him to keep me strong and make me a good teacher and to keep spreading this right word.” ― Richard Simmons

5. “No man can be a good teacher unless he has feelings of warm affection toward his pupils and a genuine desire to impart to them what he believes to be of value.” ― Bertrand Russell

6. “Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.” — Charles Kuralt

7. “There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.” ― Robert Frost

8. “The great teacher is not the man who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. “Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.” ― Malala Yousafzai

10. “Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me.” ―  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

The National Education Association wants everyone to join their 2018 #ThankATeacher Campaign. See details below.

Thank A Teacher on Social Media

  • Simply make a video or take a photo of yourself thanking a teacher who has made a difference in you or your child’s life, or just thank all teachers or supporting our nation’s students each and every day. (You can download this ThankATeacher template to use in your photo.)
  • Upload your file here. We’ll be aggregating and sharing messages of appreciation throughout the week to let our members know how much they mean to us.
  • Share your message of appreciation on your favorite social media platform using the hashtag #ThankATeacher

Wear #REDforED on Wednesday, May 9

This year, we especially appreciate all our NEA members who are fighting for school funding, professional pay, and better learning conditions for their students.

Show your solidarity with them by wearing red on Wednesday, May 9 and sharing a picture of yourself on social media explaining why you’re wearing #REDforED.


  • “I’m wearing #REDforED to thank all those teachers spending their own money to supply their classrooms.”
  • “I’m wearing #REDforED because our public schools need to be fully funded.”

Thank you to Georgia’s Teachers!