Contributed by PWSA | USA Family Support Director Stacy Ward
Would you be where you are today, without the teachers in your life who encouraged, inspired and believed in you? I know I would not be. I considered being a teacher – who does not love the idea of getting out of work by three every day and having summers off? What I didn’t see was the countless hours in the evenings, weekends, and yes, even during the summer, that teachers spend developing their lesson plans, researching information that will interest the student that may not be engaging and reaching out to parents and students.
I cannot be the only parent who has received an email from a teacher at 9pm or on a Saturday afternoon. Let us not forget the parents who are homeschooling their children. Teacher appreciation week is for you too! My hat is off to you. Not only are you mom, or dad, and doing all the many things that come with it; you have chosen the two hardest jobs in the world!
Here are some ideas to recognize the teachers in your life:
Send a thank you card telling them all the ways that they have impacted your child’s learning
Have your child draw or color a picture for their teacher
Create a certificate of appreciation
Create a video, thanking your child’s teacher and email it to them
Share social media posts using the hashtag #ThankATeacher
We also encourage you to take this week as an opportunity to check out PWSA | USA's School Success Toolkits!