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Teacher Appreciation Week 2023

Let’s Thank Our Teachers!

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This year, we’re celebrating how Teachers Drive the Future for Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10. Teachers play a critical role in driving the success of our children’s education and lives. They are the ones who inspire and guide our kids to become future leaders, innovators and problem solvers.

Join us this Teacher Appreciation Week as we honor the amazing educators who drive the future leaders of tomorrow! Let's show our support for our children’s educators and tell them  how much their commitment and dedication to our children is so appreciated. 

Teachers Drive the Future


During Teacher Appreciation Week, we will highlight the hard work and impact of our nation’s teachers and the ways they help shape the future of our society. This year’s theme, Teachers Drive the Future, celebrates the idea that teachers are not just educators—they are one of the key drivers for every child’s journey to their future.

Your child’s teachers are the ones who inspire and guide them to become future leaders and open their eyes beyond academics. Teachers also help to instill values, shape character and empower our children to pursue their dreams and make a positive difference in the world.

This week, you can:

  • Thank your child’s teacher with our fun resources or these gift ideas
  • Share your appreciation for teachers on social media using #ThankATeacher
  • Advocate for policies that support our educators

Together, we can make our teachers feel special and support them with what they need to continue driving the future.

Teacher helping kids with a project

A teacher and school children

A teacher giving a high-five to a student in a classroom

Download our Teacher Appreciation Week Toolkit

Our teachers drive the future, and we created this toolkit to #ThankATeacher for showing up every day and putting their gears into overdrive as they help develop every child in their classroom. As they continue to go beyond the call of duty, we want them to know that we see all of their efforts and appreciate everything they do. Use our thank-you cards, certificates, fliers, social media graphics, and more to show your appreciation. You can quickly download the entire toolkit below.

Thank You Card

Who doesn’t love a heartfelt thank you card?! Have an adult help you share a special message with all of the amazing educators you know (Thank you for putting your WHOLE heart into teaching!).

Thank You Card for Teachers

Acrostic Poem Activity

Describe your teacher using words that start with the letters T-E-A-C-H-E-R in this acrostic poem activity, then share it with your teacher so they know how much you appreciate them!

Acrostic Poem

Coloring Pages Activity

Print out any of these adorable coloring pages and get creative with color and any medium of your choice as a gift for your teacher.

Coloring Pages


You, your school principal or PTA/PTSA president can sign and send our ready-made heartfelt appreciation certificates to the teachers in your life.

Certificate of Appreciation


Use these fillable Teacher Appreciation Week fliers to show your love!

Teacher Appreciation Week Fliers

Social Media Graphics

Start a heartful social media conversation about the amazing teachers in your life by dressing up your social media profiles with these graphics. Don’t forget to share photos of your activities during the week by using the hashtag #TeachingsIsAWorkofHeart

Graphics to share on social media to show teacher appreciation

Podcast Episodes: Teacher Talk Miniseries


Podcast Mini Series

Notes from the Backpack is a PTA podcast designed for millions of parents and the decisionmakers they influence. Each episode features engaging conversations that offer real-life advice and ideas on how to support children’s learning and development—all in parent-friendly language.

Notes from the Backpack, a podcast for parents, is proud to premiere a new Teacher Talk Miniseries. Tune in as we hand the mic to teachers so they can share the answers to your questions like:

  • What is it like being a teacher right now?
  • What do you wish families knew about your job?
  • How can families partner with teachers to advocate for change in our schools?

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How You Can #ThankATeacher

Get creative! And post how you honor your teachers using #ThankATeacher. We love seeing all the awesome ways you celebrate the “T” in PTA!

Find more unique ways to virtually celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week on PTAOurChildren.org.

Appreciate Your Teacher

Thank a Teacher

Teaching is a Work of Heart

About Teacher Appreciation WeekSM


Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the individuals who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. PTA events at the national, state and local levels celebrate the outstanding contributions teachers make. National PTA also serves on the selection committee for the National Teacher of the Year.