Tuesday, May 5, 2020 is National Teacher Appreciation Day. It is a day set aside to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skill to the most noble of professions. Teachers are motivated by a love for children and a satisfaction and happiness in student learning.
Even as schools are closed during the pandemic, teachers are at the forefront of instruction through remote learning, phone calls, emails, letters and even home visits while observing social distancing guidelines. National polls give teachers a resounding endorsement, including the handling of their duties during the coronavirus pandemic.
In 1953, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded Congress to proclaim National Teachers’ Day. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.
We extend a hearty, “Thank You” to teachers past and present, who have provided inspiration and molded millions of success stories.