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Teacher Appreciation Week…

Teacher Appreciation Week

Mrs. Taylor. She was my first and third-grade teacher. I remember her as old. I remember her as kind. I remember her as setting high standards. I also remember spending a lot of time in with her at recess so she could help me. I remember scaring her when I did cartwheels on top of the monkey bars. I remember her smile. As I think back over my entire academic career Mrs. Taylor sticks out in my mind.

Do you have a teacher like that? A teacher who went far and beyond? A teacher who saw your value in not what you wore or who your parents were but in you as a student?

This week is teacher appreciation week, so it’s important that we show our respect to all of those people who dedicate their careers to helping children develop their education. Teachers are so important.

Did you know?

  • Teachers do not just work from 8-3 with summers off. Most arrive early, stay late, and take papers home to grade. In the summer teachers often have a second job, professional development to work on as well as prep for the coming year.
  • Teachers love it when they run into former students, and they tell you how much they appreciated what you did for them.
  • Teachers often spend their own money on the things they need to run their classroom. The Education Market Association says that virtually all teachers wind up paying out of pocket for supplies. On average, most spent nearly $500 last year, and one in 10 spent $1,000 or more. All told, a total of $1.6 billion in school supply costs is shifted from parents – or, increasingly, from cash-strapped districts – onto teachers themselves.
  • Teachers are often the scapegoat for a student’s failure when in reality it is a combination of factors outside the teacher’s control that led to failure.
  • In 32 metropolitan areas in the United States, teachers are priced out of owning a home.
  • A University of Pennsylvania study found that 33% of teachers leave within the first three years of beginning their careers and 46% leave within the first five. The numbers have been increasing since the late 1980s. Due to lack of support from the administration or lack of support from home. Many teachers take the fall for tough classrooms.
  • Lastly, a teacher does not teach for the income but for the outcome!

Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.


  1. Pero

    Oh yes nobody appreciate teachers until it’s too late , then everybody wonders what went wrong . To many professions in our daily life is taken for granted and people simply don’t think about them as “hard jobs to do”, teachers being most prominent ones . And it’s most important job as well , nobody is born with the knowledge, we all need to learn , and from whom do we learn ? From teachers of course , unless we want to return to happy medieval Europe time when 99.999 % of people didn’t know how to read and write

  2. Zvonimir

    Yup , people neglect education , what’s new . Same old story , i don’t think anymore there was anytime that teachers was well paid or was that long long time ago

  3. Jovan

    Teachers receive low pay and on the other hand various administrators receive 6 figures salaries

  4. Petar

    We as a society definitely don’t respect and pay teachers enogh

  5. Marko

    No , no i didn’t knew . I mean i know that things are bad , but that bad , no that i didn’t known

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