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New Theme for 2023

We are excited to debut a new theme including materials for you to print, customize and share during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8–12, 2023. More information coming soon.

Find our materials from the previous year below.

Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s Time to Thank a Teacher!

Teaching is a Work of Heart

Teaching is a Work of Heart ❤️

The pandemic has ushered in a new way of teaching and learning. From in-person to virtual to a hybrid learning environment (some all in one school year!), our students have faced challenging, yet innovative times in their learning and development—and teachers have been at the heart of it all!

It's time to show them our love and appreciation so let’s give the teachers in our lives a special thanks for all that they do during Teacher Appreciation Week. That’s because Teaching is a Work of Heart!

Teacher Appreciation Week Event


'A Teacher's Perspective' Panel Discussion with NEA
Moderated by Lisa Ann Walter of Abbott Elementary

In the classroom and beyond, we’re in this together. Join National PTA and the National Education Association (NEA) for a special panel discussion as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.

The event brings to life the voices of educators sharing the realities of teaching right now and what they really need to feel supported, appreciated and respected. Also discussed are ways communities, parents, students and policymakers can support our nation's educators.

The event is moderated by Lisa Ann Walter of the ABC sitcom Abbott Elementary and features National PTA President Anna King, NEA President Becky Pringle and a diverse group of educators from across the country.

Lisa Ann Walter
Actress Lisa Ann Walter is currently co-starring in Quinta Brunson’s hit ensemble workplace comedy, Abbott Elementary on ABC.

Proud National PTA Sponsor Teacher Appreciation Week Offers:

Office Depot Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

We are excited to have the support of our Proud National Sponsor Office Depot! To support teachers and school communities across the nation, Office Depot is offering discounts in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Shop our Teacher Gift Guide to say thanks!

Parents, there’s never been an easier way to say thank you to your teachers for all they do. Shop our Teacher Gift Guide to find personalized gifts, must-have supplies and much more. Plus, we offer same-day delivery and free in-store and curbside pickup in 20 minutes!

Office Depot Teacher Gift Guide

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Teachers, here’s a special offer just for you!

Teachers, whether you’re packing up this year or preparing for next, we wanted to thank you for all you do! Get 20% off plus 20% BACK in bonus rewards on your qualifying in-store purchase. Offer ends 9/25/22.

Teacher Discount from Office Depot

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Office Depot Office Max

Gift your Teacher a Self-care Package with BAND

Show your teacher you care with a year of meditation, a spa day, and a custom meal plan.

Give Your Teacher the Gift of Self-Care

Recognize their heart work, and gift your teacher a self-care package. This promotion is brought to you by BAND, the leading group communication app for PTAs.

Give You Teacher a GiftFollow these easy steps to win for your teacher!

  1. Visit BAND's webpage to enter
  2. Select the gift that best suits your teacher
  3. Tell us why your teacher deserves to win

BAND is a Proud National PTA Sponsor and an official supporting sponsor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Learn more about BAND.

* National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product, or service. No endorsement of BAND or JINS is implied.

with additional support from


...find more member offers at the National PTA Marketplace.

Teaching is Heart Work

Teachers continue to show up every day from the time our children get off the school bus to the time they’re back home safely in our arms. While there have been many challenges along the way, educators across America are committed to ensuring our children have the tools they need to reach their full potential.

Times have been tough, but our teachers are tougher. Now it’s time to celebrate the daily sacrifices teachers make for every child. For many of them, teaching is heart work. Teachers do it all for the children and youth they encounter each year.

During Teacher Appreciation Month, we will honor them for going beyond the call of duty to make a positive impact on our children’s learning and development.

From the Zoom calls, text messages and PTA meetings, to the emails, parent-teacher conferences and work they review—teachers touch hearts of our students in a special way and make a lasting difference on their lives.

Appreciate Your Teacher

Thank a Teacher

Teaching is a Work of Heart

Download our Teacher Appreciation Week Toolkit

Teaching is a Work of Heart. We created this toolkit to thank our teachers for showing up every day and putting their whole heart into teaching and developing 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, web ads and more to show your appreciation. You can quickly download the entire toolkit below.

Download all of the toolkit materials quickly and easily with the following zip files.

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!).

Teacher Thank You Cards

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 Activity

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 for Teachers


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

Teacher Appreciation Flyers

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

Web Ads

Share the love on your school website or app!

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New 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?

Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Stitcher Spotify Tune In

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!

  • It’s never too early to plan with your PTA unit! Check out 5 Ways to Plan for Teacher Appreciation Week from BAND
  • Email heartfelt letters, cards and messages of appreciation
  • Create artwork, poems and video messages to celebrate your teachers
  • Send your teacher a virtual award
  • On Thursday, upload a #TBT of you and your favorite teacher and thank them using #ThankATeacher

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

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.