National Teacher Day

National Teacher Day Quick Facts

AKA NameTeacher Appreciation Day
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Related Hashtags#TeacherAppreciationWeek, #Teacher, #Teachers, #Education, #ThankYou, #TxLA22
2023 DateMay 2, 2023
2024 DateMay 7, 2024
National Teacher Day

National Teacher Day History

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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National Teacher Day Facts & Quotes

  • According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there were about 49.5 million kindergarten to grade 12 students enrolled into public school throughout the U.S. in fall 2021.
  • According to Zippia, in the United States, 76% of teachers were women compared to men at 24% in 2022.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, in 2021, the median pay for High School Teachers was $61,820.
  • Around 1944, Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.
  • 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

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National Teacher Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Provide picture bouquets to teachers using pictures of current students with messages attached as leaves.
  • Host a breakfast for teachers before school. Try to involve local stores as sponsors.
  • Hang congratulatory or thankful banners on classroom doors.
  • Have the community contribute gifts and gift certificates for teacher gift baskets.

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