Think about your favorite teacher for a moment. This probably came easily to you. What about this teacher made an impression on you that still resonates 5 or 14 or 31 years later?
Did this teacher make lessons exceptionally fun, or change the way you think about something? Did this person stay after school with you to make sure you understood the material or attend your school play?
Teachers are such a crucial and influential part of students’ lives, expanding their knowledge and skill sets and preparing them for what they may encounter in the future. Great teachers go beyond the classroom, connecting learning to the wider world and helping students find their voices and passions. Great teachers are supporters, mentors, advocates, and friends. They set high expectations for students, and they make what they teach relevant.
So today, on Teacher Appreciation Day, we want to say “thank you” to teachers. We want you to know that we appreciate all the amazing work you do in and out of your classrooms every day. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month, we’ve created a series of videos that highlight a handful of great teachers and their thoughts on topics from challenging their students to the parent-teacher relationship.
Please enjoy the first video in the series below, and stay tuned for the release of each new video each week this month.
Feel free to share your thoughts or stories about your favorite teacher in the comments below! And even though this time of year is designated for teacher appreciation, they deserve our gratitude all year round.