Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week May 5th to May 9th.
National Teacher Day is a time for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives. National Teacher Day is the first Tuesday of the first full week of May, which, in turn, is designated Teacher Appreciation Week by the national Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).
The history of Teacher Day goes back to 1944 when an Arkansas teacher, Mrs. Mattye Whyte Woodridge, began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day honoring teachers. One of the leaders she wrote to was Eleanor Roosevelt, who persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day in 1953.
In 1985, the National Education Association (NEA) and the National PTA joined forces to establish Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The Tuesday of that week was named National Teacher Day.
We encourage parents to take this day and this week to show all the teachers in their child's school how much they appreciate them. It takes a special person to work in this field, and these individuals are often unrecognized and under-appreciated.
Here are some ways you, your family, and your community can acknowledge teachers:
For more information and ideas for National Teacher Day, check out the National Education Association (NEA) website.