We here at TpT appreciate you in more ways than we can count. We value what you do, notice the hard work and dedication you put in day in and day out, and believe you have one of the most important jobs on the planet.
We asked you to tell us about teachers YOU appreciate. For example, was there a certain teacher that inspired you to want to become a teacher yourself? And what about now: Is there a teacher or a group of teachers who currently help you get through the good days, the bad days, and all the days in between? We received so many beautiful, poignant, genuine responses. (We chose a few to feature, but if you’d like to read them all, see our Facebook post here).
“My mom was the most amazing teacher! She would take students’ clothes home to wash if she knew the family couldn’t afford it. She was so creative and innovative and made learning fun for kids. She would’ve been an amazing TpT’er. She always created her own resources and games to use in her classroom. I was lucky to be raised and taught life skills by this amazing woman. RIP Sandy McGarvey” – Vicky McGarvey
Take a look at this special photo of Vicky’s mother in her classroom. And here are Vicky and her mom on Vicky’s wedding day.
“I’ve had many fabulous teachers in my career as a student, but my admiration is currently pointed at one of my coworkers. She is our grade level chair and does a fantastic job… and that’s not easy because we are such a diverse group. She manages motherhood, activities with her mom, being a wife, friend, etc. She also has several students with special needs in her classroom. I often look at her in awe when I think of all she juggles on a daily basis. Does it get to be too much? Sometimes. But she always handles it with love and laughter. Yes, I am talking about you, The Teaching Tornado!” – Cyndie of Chalk One Up for the Teacher
Here’s a photo of The Teaching Tornado with her beautiful family.
“My 5th grade teacher would always say to the class, ‘Keep trying, keep believing, and you will achieve.’ It was that year that I started to understand the effects of working hard and the power of my thoughts. Thanks to her influence, I now tell my students: “Keep working hard, and you’ll see it when you believe it.” I want them to also understand the benefits of hard work and positive thinking.” – Vernessa R. Nue of The Teaching Room
Vernessa (pictured right) teaching her students the power of positivity, something she learned from Mrs. Williams (pictured left).
We loved seeing these words of genuine appreciation between a TpT’er and one of her former teachers:
“I can’t use such a small word like, ‘appreciate,’ for my 8th grade teacher, Mr. DiGiesi. Inspiring. Caring. FUN! Memorable. He made learning fun, and I know that there are so many people who have been touched by him. He inspired countless numbers of his students to become teachers, just like he did for me. His impact on the world is infinite. He probably doesn’t realize, although I know he has been told, just how meaningful his place in the world is. Even now, as an adult, I find myself repeating some of his lessons with my students and my grade partner’s son had him for a teacher a few years back… Needless to say, he loves him too. He KNEW his students. He made us all feel important. And smart. And liked. He used music to teach history. He performed Billy Joel songs at dances. He was and will always be a natural. He was born to teach and retired or not, he continues to do so. I’m so lucky to have had him as a teacher. Just one little year, and I will never forget it.” – Beth Strimel Curley on Facebook
Mr. John DiGiesi responded to Beth Strimel Curley’s heartfelt words: “That meant the world to me. Thank you so much and I am so proud of you for being a teacher. My former students spoke of you often, and I knew that your personality and sincerity would be your greatest asset in the classroom! Thank you again for making my day!” – John DiGiesi on Facebook
Beth (pictured left) is grateful to have had a teacher like Mr. DiGeisi (pictured right).
“The man in the photo below, Fritz Bell, was the best teacher I ever had. He was passionate, caring, and full of wisdom. He not only taught us about integrating the arts, but he taught us about people. A year ago, I got to see Fritz. I’d heard there was an Open House to honor his retirement. (Doing the math, I realize he was 80 at retirement!) I went to the Open House, enjoyed being at the beautiful seminar house once more, and got to chat with the man who had changed my life. I will never forget Fritz, and I know that his legend will live on through all the teachers whose lives he touched, and all their students who benefited from his wisdom.” – TpT Teacher-Author Elementary Matters
Elementary Matters says the educational community sincerely misses Mr. Fritz, pictured below.
“I appreciate my former college English professor Mr. Bush so much. He had a unique way of teaching and brought out the best in me as far as writing and analyzing literature was concerned. He helped me see The Great Gatsby and The Canterbury Tales in a whole new light. He always greeted us with ‘Hello, my little cherubs.’ In my junior year, we were told to write a letter to a teacher who inspired us. I chose him. I wrote the letter, and it came back. Unfortunately, he had passed away from cancer. I wish he knew what an impact he made in my life. Every year to honor him, I begin by calling my students ‘my little cherubs.’ I share the story with my students, and they embrace the name and become possessive of it.” – Robin R. McCardell
Robin is honored to share this photo of “the honorable Mr. Bush.”
“Megan Pratt is an amazing teacher! She goes above and beyond teaching severe and profound students but never lets their disabilities prevent them from learning. She is the most dedicated and creative teacher I know. She puts in hours every night creating new resources and also takes care of her family and teaches at a college. If I could be half the teacher she is, I would be amazing!” – Meredith Davies-Vogt
Meredith included this photo of the beautiful and dedicated Meagan Pratt.
And a few more teachers appreciating teachers:
“Mrs. Decker, my 1st grade teacher, has always been my most inspirational teacher. She inspired me to be a teacher and hold onto that dream since 1st grade. She’s creative and an out-of-the-box thinker. I still remember many of the projects we did. I’m sure I’m not the only one of her students who has been inspired to teach because of her.” – Breanna Wallick on Facebook
“My son’s teacher Ms. Rohner! This is my son’s first year in public school (he was previously in a very small private school). He is challenging to say the least, but she constantly works with him and me to make his learning environment the best it can be. She is so patient with him. What is even better is that she deals with me and my ‘tips’ and questions with professionalism and kindness.” – Michelle Sanchez on Facebook
“The teacher I most appreciate is a 3rd grade teacher in my school, Mary Hall. Not only does she teach a class of 34 third graders, but she also mentors students teachers, teaches a class at a local university, is our chess club advisor, technology point person, and Project Lead the Way leader! She is constantly putting others before herself and always does it with a smile on her face. I am always awed by her enthusiasm and passion for teaching. When someone on the staff is feeling frustrated, disillusioned, and disheartened, Mary is always there with a hug, card, or chocolate. I can’t imagine my school without her. She is an AMAZING person and educator!” – Literacy Loves Company