Teacher Appreciation Week: May 5-9

Last Updated on May 7, 2014 at 1:13pm

This week, May 5-9, is National Teacher Appreciation Week.
According to the National Education Association (NEA), Teacher Appreciation Week may have first gained traction in 1944 when an Arkansas teacher, Mattye Whyte Woodridge, wrote to political and educational leaders requesting an official day to recognize educators nationwide. Eleanor Roosevelt received one of those letters and later convinced the 81st Congress to proclaim the first National Teacher Day in 1953.
The first National Teacher Day was declared on March 7, 1980. Later, the NEA and its affiliates voted to change the event to the first full week of May. This year, Teacher Appreciation Day, as it's now called, was on May 6, and the entire week is dedicated to celebrating America’s educators.
In Garrett County, teachers work to open children's minds to ideas, knowledge, and dreams. Teachers fill many roles, as listeners, explorers, role models, motivators, and mentors.  Teachers continue to influence people long after the school days are only memories.  Teachers mold future citizens through guidance and education.  Teachers encounter students of widely differing backgrounds.  Teachers spend countless hours preparing lessons, evaluating progress, counseling and coaching students, and performing community service.
Thank a teacher for his/her positive impact on the lives of young people.

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