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Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2 - May 8, 2021

Thank an Educator Today, and Every Day

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-8, 2021. We are saying 'thank you’ this week, and throughout the year, to the extraordinary educators who have worked tirelessly with students and families to keep things moving forward, despite such an unpredictable year.
Published: 05/2021

Appreciating a Year of Extraordinary Educators

Through all the challenges we’ve faced this year, educators and families have stuck together to show students a bright path forward. This Teacher Appreciation Week, communities across the country will come together to appreciate educators and the lengths they will go to ensure every student, no matter who they are or where they live, has the tools to learn, grow, and thrive.

Text CELEBRATE to 48744 to Participate In a Week of Appreciation

Whether you are an educator or a supporter of one, we have the perfect way for you to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.


We will be gathering messages from across the country and sending them straight to your phone! Text CELEBRATE to 48744 and you will get periodic texts throughout the week that remind you how special both you and your profession are.


Text CELEBRATE to 48744 to leave a message of gratitude to educators. These will be delivered (see above) to the real people helping our students every day.

Text CELEBRATE to 48744 to participate in Teacher Appreciation Week.

Calling All Educators: Join Our Special Event

You are invited to a Teacher Appreciation Week party with the legendary DJ Spinderella, fellow educators, and gratitude shout-outs! Join us at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Friday, May 7th for a virtual dance party on @NEAToday Instagram live. It's time to shake off the stress of the past year and channel the joy of our profession.

Join our Teacher Appreciation Week dance party!

#ThankATeacher on Social Media

This Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to make sure each and every educator knows just how appreciated they are. Celebrate the educators in your life by sharing a message on social media, tagging @NEAToday, and using our #thankateacher hashtag.
Thank an educator with this special graphic.

Say Thank You on Instagram Stories

Want to give a special shout out to an educator who inspires you? Share this graphic on your Instagram Story, tag @NEAToday, and you might see them featured on our account!
Add our Teacher Appreciation Week Facebook Frame

Show Appreciation on Facebook

Make sure all your friends know you appreciate educators! Add this Facebook Frame to your profile picture during Teacher Appreciation Week.
Have you thanked an educator today?

Tell Your Friends to Text CELEBRATE to 48744

Ask your friends if they have thanked an educator this Teacher Appreciation Week! Share this graphic on social media to help us get enough thank you messages to reach all our educators.
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

Celebrate Educators With #ThankATeacher

Check out 8 Ways to #ThankATeacher Today and Every Day to find ways to continue the celebration beyond Teacher Appreciation Week! 

National PTA President Leslie Boggs' #ThankATeacher Message

#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 educator spotlight stories and share your favorites with #ThankATeacher.

Educator Spotlights

Stephanie Duwve, wearing a PPE mask, sitting at the front of her classroom reading to her students. 1

Stephanie Duwve: I Can Continue to Make a Difference

The child of educators, Stephanie Duwve is a second-grade teacher and Ohio New Educator's leader in Sylvania, Ohio
Kimberly Eckert is a high school English teacher in Louisiana 2

Kimberly Eckert: I Became a Teacher to Help People Find Their Power

Kimberly Eckert, 2018 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, became a teacher to help every student thrive.
A photo of Dori Weigand 3

Dori Wiegand: We did this for the kids

Doriann “Dori” Wiegand is a Food Service worker in Michigan City, Indiana who ensured students were fed during the pandemic.
Carlos Avila 4

Carlos Avila: Our Voices Ensure Our Students Get The Rights They Deserve

Carlos Avila, a middle school social studies educator in Las Cruces, New Mexico, believes that educators can build, shape, and transform public education through their union and that their voices will ensure students receive the care, the schooling, and the rights they deserve.
Ashanti Rankin is a middle school paraprofessional in New Jersey 5

Ashanti Rankin: Helping Students to Understand Themselves

Ashanti Rankin, a middle school paraprofessional in New Jersey, feels a public-school setting is where he can make the biggest difference, for his students and his community.

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.

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.