#ThankATeacher and Share on Teacher Appreciation Day


Peter Markes (@PeterMarkes) the 2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, and Edmond North High School Orchestra Director, tweeted his #ThankATeacher sign during a visit to the U.S. Department of Education headquarters.

Tuesday, May 6, is National Teacher Appreciation Day, and we want your help in thanking a teacher that has inspired you. Click below to download our “#ThankATeacher” sign, fill it out, and on Tuesday, May 6, post your picture on social media using the hashtag #ThankATeacher.

There’s no doubt that teachers deserve a special week and day, but our appreciation and support for teachers needs to be a year-round effort. At the U.S. Department of Education, one of our top priorities is to continue to strengthen the teaching profession. Read more about the Obama Administration’s plan to improve teacher preparation, leading from the classroom through Teach to Lead, and the RESPECT proposal to elevate teaching and leading so that all of our students are prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Download your #ThankATeacher sign!

Cameron Brenchley is director of digital strategy at the U.S. Department of Education.



  1. Anyone can “teach”, BUT it takes a special and AWESOME person to teach everybody’s else’s kids.

  2. I had a wonderful teacher in 3rd and 4th grade that I loved dearly. Mrs. Fitzgerald – John Adams Elementary – OKC you have always held a special place in my heart. I became a teacher in part because of you. Thank you for all you do.

  3. I want to thank all of the outstanding colleagues I work with at Clinton Public School! Their dedication, professionalism, and passion for education often goes unrecognized. Hats off to he most dynamic and creative staff there is!

  4. Colorful cups, chocolates, cards or gifts symbolic of appreciation are certainly welcomed by the hard working educators and staff that teach and protect your children.

    Yet the opposite seems to be the case in most areas of the country. High-stakes (often untested) exams endanger teacher performance and job security, classrooms continue to be overcrowded, and pensions diminished to unfairly accommodate state budget deficits.

    Art, Music, Physical Education, etc. classes and teachers are being cut to then balance the schools’ budgets. Privatization for profit of the public schools cause layoffs and badly managed schools. All this and more ultimately harm your children as well. Public Education is at a Crisis at the Crossroads.

    Parents, we ask you to stand up for your
    teachers, staff and schools

    Save Our Schools March and many organizations around the country are asking concerned parents, citizens and citizen groups to take action or join planned events during this week and beyond.

    How? Check out our site with materials to hand out to parents and actions to protect the schools, children and teachers:
    Thanks for all that you do,
    Terry Moore
    NJ Information Coordinator
    Save Our Schools March http://www.saveourschoolsmarch.org

  5. Mrs. Manassein Wm. Cullen Bryant H.S. Queens, NY.

    I was a awful student, acted up and hung out with everyone like me, interested in raising hell. I will never forget that you stood up to kids who knocked over a disabled child intentionally. You asked me to escort these children to their class so they would not be messed with. That memory has stayed with me for life. I am a social worker thanks to your example. ..and patience..my Idol…I was told you went on to be Dean of Girls, PERFECT!!

  6. Every year when teacher appreciation is about to happen, all the teachers I have ever known including myself, peek around the corner of the staff room and find wonderful small gifts of extra food, cards, and sometimes a lunch. It is a small and mighty gift and the thank you is taken in as if it is brand new and will last like a forever stamp, and it actually does!
    Thanks to all of you at the Home Room of the U.S. Dept. of Education, for sharing this post regarding this special event and keep pass on the giving back thank yous!
    With Respect, from Carol Godshall

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