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

National Teacher Day is May 7, 2024, and National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10, 2024.

This year, we’re joining together to listen to and stand with teachers and uniting to take action and demand our leaders provide the resources and respect educators deserve. Because every student - no matter the color of their skin or the ZIP code they live in - deserves educators who are caring, committed, and have the resources they need to help every student succeed.

A Special Thank You From the First Lady

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden joined NEA President Becky Pringle and AFT President Randi Weingarten to send a special message to educators across the country.

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.
This Teacher Appreciation Week, we're saying thank you to educators!

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!
Call 202-743-5371 to share a story of an exceptional educator!

Tell Us About an Amazing Educator

Leave a message and share the story of an extraordinary educator who gives their best to their students every day, and let us know what educators in your area need to succeed!

Honor an Amazing Educator in Your Life

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and show public school educators just how much we support, respect, and admire them, by sharing a story of an extraordinary educator, a terrific teacher, or a committed colleague who gives their best to their students every day.
NEA President Becky Pringle
Educators, you are leading the way. Guiding and protecting; nurturing and supporting our precious students all across this nation. Every day, all day, you provide our students with the tools they need to build a future that will help them live into their wildest dreams.
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

Jacob Bauer Zebley 1

'The importance of collective voice went beyond that'

Jacob Bauer Zebley is a Social Studies Teacher in Harford County, Maryland
Cartier Scott 2

'This is what I was born to do'

Cartier Scott is a Math Teacher in Riviera Beach, Florida and winner of NEA's 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award
Chad Wilson 3

‘I grew up seeing the impact educators have on students’

Chad Wilson is an alternative education social studies teacher at Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Carol Watchler 4

Trailblazer for LGBTQ+ rights

Carol Watchler is a Retired high school teacher in Middlesex County, New Jersey
Jassmin Smith 5

'Throughout my teaching journey, I’ve felt the union’s support'

Jassmin Smith is an Elementary School Teacher in Nash County, North Carolina

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.

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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.