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"Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher."

Anonymous

One great teacher can make all the difference. Teachers may not always see the impact of their work on kids and families, but the testimonies we received from parents, teachers, and students themselves are proof that good teaching is a powerful thing. Get inspired by the voices of appreciation here — and send an e-card to a teacher who has made a difference in your life.

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Has a particular teacher gone the extra mile to help your child? Do you have a colleague that you think is a great teacher? Did a teacher inspire you to discover your talents, overcome challenges, or find a career path? Show your gratitude with one of our Teacher Appreciation e-cards:

I'm a reader thanks to my teacher!

Illustrated by Denise Brunkus

Great teachers are cause for celebration!

Illustrated by Henry Cole

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Stories from the heart

Building Bridges to the Future

Originally from China, Xiao-lin Yin-Croft learned English as an adult and now helps young Chinese students in the U.S. bridge the cultural and language gap that they face from an early age. Xiao-lin shares her experiences coming of age as a student in China's Cultural Revolution, describes the strategies she uses to help her students develop the language and reading skills they need, and discusses the factors she believes are contributing to her students' success.

Drawing Inspiration from Her "Heroes and Sheroes"

Inès Millin Mevs is an ELL teacher at Boca Raton Community High School in Florida. She has just published an ELL student writing workbook entitled Think Write Book: A Sentence Combining Workbook for ELL Students, which offers language development exercises designed to improve ELLs' writing skills. Ms. Mevs discusses the book, her motivation for writing it, and the many ways in which her students — her "heroes and sheroes" — inspire her each day.

Teaching ELLs How to Succeed

A naturalized U.S. citizen, Felix A. Herrera is a native of El Salvador with a master's degree in conflict analysis and resolution. He has served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserves. The pull of the classroom, however, has kept him coming back to teach. Mr. Herrera offers some of his insights about the problems that ELL students face, as well as the steps that ELL teachers can take to support them.

The Support Students Need

A native of Colombia, Claudia Navarro has lived in the U.S. for more than 27 years and now provides academic support in content areas to ELL students at her high school. The mother of sons who are enrolled at Dartmouth College and Harvard University, Claudia is currently going back to school to earn her bachelor's degree in Special Education. Claudia describes what makes her work as a paraprofessional unique, how teachers and paraprofessionals can best work together, and the support she offers to her students to help them succeed.

Read more From the Heart stories on our sister site, Colorín Colorado.

First person essays

A Letter to My Grandmother

A teacher helps a child improve her handwriting through writing poetry.

My First Day in Adult Special Education

A man describes a compassionate adult education teacher who helps him overcome his fears.

The Story of My Son

A mother describes a positive educational experience her son received, thanks to many good teachers.

Catherine Cat Kelly and the Holiday Kids

A teacher uses the dramatic arts to improve children's creativity and academic skills.

Read more First Person Essays on our sister site, LD Online.

Voices of appreciation

A good teacher gives kids two invaluable gifts: the tools they need to learn, and the drive to want to learn. Discover how great teachers around the country have put these gifts into action.

From teachers, remembering those who inspired them

Notes from parents


Notes from students

Each Teacher Is A Flower

by Ihsana Shirazi
(England)

These teacher appreciation messages prove that students are very grateful to their teachers. Perhaps these words to describe a teacher, based on a metaphor that teachers are flowers, means that teachers help their students to bloom!


Life is a beautiful garden;
Each teacher is a flower,
Who fills our lives with knowledge
And teaches us every hour.

They fill our lives with knowledge,
Smiles and patience too;
Your flower is very treasured;
It's special just like you.

You're always there to teach
Learning that has no end,
Believing in my dreams
As teacher and also friend.

~~~

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First Prize Teacher

by Ryan Alezz
(uae dubai)

There are recurring themes in thank you notes for teachers: Feeling good in teacher's presence, mentions of smiles and other pleasant facial expressions, and, of course, good teaching. This teacher appreciation message has all of those.








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A Teacher Close to My Heart

by M.Aseebunissa
(Chennai)

This student will make a teacher very happy to get this teacher message.






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My Teacher, My Inspiration

by Isabella Wood
(Queensland)

This teacher note could also be used for a friend or a loved one. Most of us have people in our lives who keep us going in tough times. Apparently this teacher does that for this grateful student.




Be sure to see a whole page
of teacher appreciation poems
on our Teacher Poems page.

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Knowledge Seeds

by Moira G
(Wonderland :))

This teacher message compares what is taught by a teacher to a seed of knowledge that grows and grows and blooms.




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Who Is A Teacher?

by A. I. Fakir
(Dhaka, Bangladesh)

If every good teacher could see this teacher appreciation message, they would realize how important they are to their students. More than a friend, a guide, a leader, a teacher really does wield a lot of power.






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Teachers Are Everything

by Sabah Zahra
(Dhanmonndi, Dhaka., Bangladesh)

If every teacher were similar to the one described in this teacher appreciation message, students' lives would probably be greatly improved. A lot of parenting goes on in the classroom, and these appreciative words for a teacher could also describe the best kind of parent.





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Best Friend Teacher

by Fatima Ahmaid
(Surrey)

This note to a teacher describes in detail the kind of teacher everyone appreciates. She seems like an angel!




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A Note To My Teacher

by Eleonore
(CANADA)

This teacher note echoes the feelings of so many students for their teachers, that their lives would not be the same, now or in the future, if they had not had the advantage of good education. Beyond education, many students develop very positive feelings and a personal bond with their teachers in gratitude for what those teachers gave, from the heart, to their students.



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The Days Were Quick

by Erika
(Holyoke, Massachsetts, United States)

This teacher appreciation message is for a student teacher who bonded so intensely with his students that they dread the day when they must move on, apart from this special person.



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Kind-Hearted Teacher

by Zamanci Nompumza
(South Africa)

This teacher note proves that students appreciate teachers who require them to do what they should, even if teachers have to shout in order to influence students to act correctly. It's a good, basic sample for others who want to write a simple thank you note for a teacher.




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You Will Be My Teacher Forever

by Kyla Hernandez
(Philippines, Manila )

This teacher rhyming poem describes a teacher who fulfills many roles for this appreciative student, as parent and friend, as well as teacher. Isn't it amazing to read about all the feelings students have for their teachers?




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A Teacher Is...

by Tate
(Ladera Ranch, California)

Any teacher would be happy to receive this teacher message, in the form of a rhyming and free verse poem.








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Teachers: Our Most Valued Resource

by Raveena Rajkumar
(Trinidad&Tobago)

This student shows a great deal of respect and admiration for his teachers in this teacher appreciation message.



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Teacher Dot, You Rock!

by Jenny Smith
(Johannesburg, South Africa)

This personal teacher appreciation message can serve as a sample for those who are looking for what to say in a teacher thank you note. From the parents of a student whose life was enriched, these lovely words for a teacher will always be cherished by the recipient.

Dear Teacher Dot,

A little thank you note from Gavin and Jenny Smith.



We are sure Angie will never have a teacher quite like you ever again so thank you for setting the standard high. You will be missed!

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Thank You, Teachers

by Chhimi S Wangmo

This thank you note for a teacher shows just how wide the influence of teachers can be on a receptive student. For some teachers, "thank you" really seems inadequate for the amount of gratitude we feel.

Thank you, teachers, for everything,
for being nice and kind to us,
for always staying near us.

Thank you for teaching us good new things,
for making us new, better people,
helping to erase the old, bad parts of us.

Thank you for making us comfortable and happy,
for being friends with us,
for sharing your past.

I know my simple words, "Thank you,"
are not enough for all you have done,
but know that I am really very grateful to you.
Thank you very much for everything.

Thank you, teachers.

~~~

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Teacher Appreciation Message

by Devante
(New York, United States)

This teacher message describes a long relationship with a much admired teacher.


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Tell Your Teachers Now!

This is like a high school assignment on an enjoyable topic, an essay on memories of school and favorite teachers. This lengthy group of words, sayings and phrases about teachers evokes nostalgia for our own school days. Do you share any of these kinds of memories?


Most of my teachers have faded from memory, so much that I couldn't write a teacher poem about them. I remember a few names, but not much about the teachers themselves. I remember a high school teacher, Mrs. Dowling, who taught advanced placement English, because I recall her requiring us to memorize a passage from Shakespeare. I memorized some lines from Macbeth. I still remember them:

I sure don't agree with that passage! Signifying nothing? I hope not! I think everyone leaves his or her mark in some way, even if it's to eventually have a descendant who does great things long after the original parent is long forgotten.

I don't remember his name, but my Driver Training instructor taught me how to parallel park perfectly, and I can still do it.

My Home Economics teacher taught me how to sew, and using what she taught me, I won the regional Singer Sewing Contest. The prize, awarded in Chicago, was a sewing machine and $300. I still have and use that indestructible, all-metal sewing machine. What's amazing is that another student she taught, younger than I, won the national Singer Sewing Contest the same year!

The teacher I remember most fondly, now that I am older, is our choir teacher, Mr. Carr. Quiet and reserved, he nevertheless coaxed amazing music out of a bunch of ordinary teenagers. No easy pieces for us, no sir. We sang only classical: Beethoven's Ninth, Polovetsian Dances by Borodin, (from which the melody for the popular song "Strangers in Paradise" was taken), Handel's Messiah (I can still sing the alto part to the Hallelujah Chorus today). One of our favorite pieces was Randall Thompsons Alleluia. Every year, the choir would go on a picnic to some place, I don't remember where, that had a big cave, and we would all go into that cave and sing that "Alleluia."

Oh, one more thing. I remember that a friend and I caught a little mouse (by hand) in the hall and we took it to our science teacher, Mr. Johnson. I don't know what he did with it, but I was proud of myself (a girl!) for catching that mouse and not running a way from it!

Terrific memories. I'm sure I'm leaving someone important out, but my Teacher Message would be that I regret not having told my teachers how much I appreciated them back then. If you are reading this while you are still in school, do it!

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Thank You, Teacher

by Ananya D.
(Bangladore, India)

Here is a teacher message of sincere thanks from a grateful student.




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My Teacher is The Best

by Addyson
(Ankeny, Iowa)

How could I resist posting this teacher message? I'm wondering if this is written by a fifth-grader, however, because this person can actually write a sentence, capitalize and punctuate correctly. Usually I edit submissions (often a LOT), but I did not do anything to this submission, to show you what I mean. If this is a fifth-grader, kudos to her teacher! I laughed aloud at the "grow up" part, since I have advanced senior citizen status!

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You Are Our Mentor

by Mauwaz Ahmed
(Delhi, India)

This teacher appreciation message details the many important roles a teacher plays in the life of students.


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At The Ending Of The Rainbow

by Felix C. Nnorom
(Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria)

This student must have had an extraordinary teacher to write a teacher message like this one!



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I'll Never Give Up

by Karen Renay Byrd
(Trona, California)

My grades go up; my grades go down.
It makes me want to fret and frown.
My teacher never gets cross or mad
Or tells me that I'm dumb or bad.

He says I have the essential tools,
But it's up to me to follow the rules.
Nothing but fear stands in my way,
So I'll stomp it down and out today

I'll always choose to do my best
When I am challenged to the test.
Thank you teacher for showing me
Just what I can be
If I believe in me.

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Special Needs Teacher

by Brandy
(Farmington, WV USA)


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Thank You, My Teacher

by Niah lynch
(St. Lucia)

Here's a teacher appreciation message from grateful students.

We just want to say thanks
For everything you've done,
For teaching us the right way,
To do everything we can.

Thank you for always helping us,
Encouraging us to persevere,
For always standing by our side,
Saying "You'll get there."

Thank you,for all your hard work,
For all your love and care.
You always treat us right,
And good and loyal and fair.

We really love you, teacher
And everything you do.
With all that being said,
We just want to thank you.

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