National Teacher Day

National Teacher Day Quick Facts

AKA NameTeacher Appreciation Day
HashtagsCompiled on#NationalTeacherDay, #ThankATeacher
Related Hashtags#StudyWithUS, #ThankAGCPSTeacher
2023 DateMay 9, 2023
2024 DateMay 7, 2024
National Teacher Day

National Teacher Day provides an opportunity to recognize and show appreciation for the enormous impact that this nation's teachers have made and continue to make on its youth.

In 1953, an Arkansas teacher wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt about the need to recognize and honor the nation's teachers. Mrs. Roosevelt persuaded Congress to proclaim a day in May as National Teacher Day. National Teacher Day is observed on Tuesday of National Teacher Week. This week is observed during the first full school week of May each year.

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Facts & quotes about National Teacher Day

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for high school teachers in 2021 was $61,820, while the median wage for elementary school teachers was $61,400.
  • The average teacher works 50 hours per week. This includes time spent planning lessons, grading papers, and communicating with parents.
  • About 76% of teachers in the US work in public schools, while the remaining 24% are employed in private schools. Public school teachers typically have higher salaries and better job security due to union representation and tenure systems.
  • The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth - Dan Rather
  • There is an old saying that the course of civilization is a race between catastrophe and education. In a democracy such as ours, we must make sure that education wins the race - John F. Kennedy

Top things to do for National Teacher Day

  • Write a thank-you note to your teacher. A simple thank-you note can go a long way in showing your appreciation for your teacher.
  • Host a breakfast for teachers before school. Try to involve local stores as sponsors.
  • Use the hashtag #ThankATeacher on social media platforms allowing people to publicly thank their favorite teachers and share stories of their impact.
  • Give a personalized gift like a mug, a picture frame, or a customized tote bag with their name or a special message.

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