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Teachers Go Above & Beyond for Students. Now It’s Our Turn to Share our Support.

National Teacher Day is Tuesday, May 7, 2024, National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10, 2024, and this year, we’re joining together to tell teachers that we will listen to them, we will stand with them, and together we will take action so that every student has a teacher who feels respected and supported.

No matter their ZIP code or the color of their skin, teachers are creating lesson plans while they create a sense of safety and belonging for their students. They are getting up early to make it work and they stay up late with worry. Teachers are working with parents and caregivers while they work without enough resources. They are reaching students who are falling behind and must reach into their own pockets to transform classrooms into learning environments.

Watch Honoring Teachers' Voices:
A Teacher Appreciation Week Virtual Town Hall

Thank you teachers

Educators Deserve Support & Respect

Add your name and let’s join together to do more for teachers. Because together, we can make sure every student has a teacher who feels respected and supported.

Celebrate and Share With Us

Help educators know just how appreciated they are by sharing a message on social media, tagging @NEAToday, and using #ThankATeacher. Check back soon for our updated 2024 social media images and toolkit!
Dear educators: Thank you.

Show Appreciation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Make sure all your friends know you appreciate educators!
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Say Thank You on Instagram Stories

Want to give a special shout out to an educator who inspires you? Share it on your Instagram Story, tag @NEAToday, and you might see them featured on our account!
Text PRIORITIES to 48744 to share!

Share What You Need to Feel Appreciated

What do you really need to feel appreciated and supported as an educator? From small gestures from students to sweeping policy change, tell us what would make a difference in your life as an educator.
NEA President Becky Pringle
Despite all of its challenges, this past year has made me prouder than ever to be an educator. It has been an honor to watch you rise to every occasion and meet every challenge with compassion, creativity, and care for all of your students.
Quote by: Becky Pringle, NEA President

#ThankATeacher With Educator Spotlights 

We’ve put together a roundup of stories that showcase just a few of our exceptional educators going beyond the call of duty to help students succeed during a challenging and unconventional school year. Check out the full library of educator spotlight stories and share your favorites with #ThankATeacher.

Educator Spotlights

Roscoe McCormick 1

'You never know who you might meet along the way'

Roscoe McCormick is a Middle School Math Teacher in Austin, Texas
Carlye Holladay 2

Find and recognize the power of your voice

Carlye Holladay is a High School English Teacher in Cherry Creek, Colorado
Elizabeth Horvat 3

'Unpaid student teaching is inequitable'

Elizabeth Horvat is an Aspiring Educator in Urbana, Illinois
Amanda O'Sullivan 4

'There were three events that led me to be a teacher'

Amanda O’Sullivan is an Elementary School Teacher in Eagle Point, Oregon
Kelly McMahon 5

'I’ve been lucky to provide an environment where many children could grow and learn'

Kelly McMahon is a Kindergarten Teacher in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

We Are All in This Together.

Join us not only this week, but throughout the year, in saying ‘thank you’ to our nation’s educators. For just $25 a year, you can become a part of our work to improve the quality of our public schools, keep caring educators in our classrooms, increase student achievement, and make sure our schools are safer, better places to learn. Become a community ally and fund our work advocating for public schools, students, and educators.

Become a community ally

National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.