Thank you, Educators – We Appreciate You!


For opening your classroom doors every day and unlocking students’ potential – we thank you.

For sharing your wisdom with students while they share their germs with you - we thank you.

From teaching students how to compute complex math equations to showing them that they count – we thank you.

For awakening hearts and inspiring minds – we thank you.

The first full week of May is all about you, educators! The National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week in 1984 and has been designated as a special time to show appreciation and honor toward dedicated and caring educators (such as yourself!) ever since.

Many people appreciate educators (even if it doesn’t always seem that way). According to an ING Foundation Survey, 88% of people say a teacher has had a “significant, positive impact” on their life. Below hear from a few famous people who have, indeed, been significantly and positively impacted by teachers:

  • “For every one of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn’t always necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and school.” -Oprah Winfrey
  • “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” -Bill Gates
  • “They inspire you, they entertain you, and you end up learning a ton even when you don’t know it.” -Nicholas Sparks

We hope you already know how amazing you are, but if you need a reminder and have a minute (literally, just one minute), watch this video, Teach: Inspiration (the big takeaway - you are a life-changer).

And, if you have three minutes, be inspired by this video, Because of a Teacher. Feel proud about all you do – from providing a safe refuge for children to inspiring students to become scientists – teachers truly change the world!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week, educators! We salute you and appreciate everything you do all 52 weeks of the year – thank you.



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Jill Rockwell
Jill has over 13 years of experience as a licensed teacher in the areas of Special Education, Reading Education, and Health Education. She embraces diversity and has worked with students in grades K-12 in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and California. Jill completed her Master of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls while teaching full time. She fully understands the soaring demands of today’s teachers. Her courses are designed to maximize the time of all educators by providing engaging, meaningful, and applicable activities which can be used to enhance teaching practices. She focuses on research-based best practices and technology integration throughout her own instructional practices. Together with her husband and two young boys, Jill enjoys traveling, biking and the changing seasons of the great outdoors in Wisconsin. 

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