When we asked “What is something you do that makes you a successful teacher?” we received over 470 replies on Facebook. And we read every single one of them.

It was so refreshing and inspiring to read all of the thoughtful responses. Additionally, some themes bubbled to the top — themes of love, care, respect, and trust; and we were heartened to see some teachers who admitted to feeling frustrated or defeated this year, but buoyed up by such a supportive TpT community.

What makes a successful teacher? A sampling of TpT’er responses…

Successful Teacher


We celebrate teachers every day at Teachers Pay Teachers and know what hard work and dedication you put into your craft. So, thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. You are amazing.

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Donald Kendall