Image: Students at Cotter Schools in Winona, Minnesota, wrote chalk messages to honor teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week 2020. (Courtesy of Cotter Schools)
Every day is a good day to show teachers some love. But we can get so bogged down in the day-to-day that we forget to take time to show teachers how much they're valued. Teacher Appreciation Week—from May 3 through May 7—provides the perfect opportunity to make things right.
How Can Principals Show Appreciation to Teachers?
We’ve collected Teacher Appreciation Week ideas from principals and administrators across the country. Feel free to steal or revamp them as you please. (Here are yet more ways for school leaders to honor teachers, along with tips for how parents, students, and even teachers can get in on the lovefest.)
Idea 1: A Super Delivery
Dr. Anna Brooks, principal of Morehead Elementary School in North Carolina, delivered “hero bags” (see photos below) to each teacher’s house during Teacher Appreciation Week last year. Aligning with the theme “Not All Heroes Wear Capes,” Brooks designed gifts, including a T-shirt with “MES” (for Morehead Elementary School) inside a Superman emblem; a Kind bar with a label that said “Thanks for a Super Year!”; and cupcakes from a local bakery. (Brooks purchased the T-shirts at cost and a bakery donated the cupcakes.) Rather than have teachers pick up their gifts at school, she delivered them personally, covering 178 miles over 8.5 hours.
“It was important that the staff felt valued and knew that I see them as heroes on the frontlines—maybe not in the same way as first responders, but they truly did step up, and they are heroes,” Dr. Brooks told Noelle Morris, host of the web series Teacher, Leader, YOU. “I hope they recognize that I appreciate what they do.”
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