Next week teachers will be in the spotlight with National Teacher Appreciation Day and Teacher Appreciation Week. Teacher Appreciation Day is the Tuesday of the first full week in May. For 2016, that makes May 3 Teacher Appreciation Day during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6). These are unofficial national holidays but you will find many PTA's doing a variety of things next week to thank school teachers and let them know they are appreciated. If your child is in school, contact that school's PTA and ask if you can help with their teacher appreciation plans. You can also have your child(ren) write a thank you note to their teacher(s) or send your child to school with a small thoughtful gift such as a bookmark.
Teachers aren't always found in schools. Think extra curricular activities like music lessons, art lessons, Little League and other sports and many other learning opportunities. Having a teacher that you want to say thank you to is also not only the purview of the young. If you have a current or past teacher that has made a difference in your life, reach out to them and say thanks. Let them know if they helped you get through a course that was a struggle for you or if they inspired you so much with their subject matter that it became your life's work. Teachers often have a passion for what they do, but a pat on the back will go a long way to make their day and keep them passionate.