About five days a week, many of us get the advantage of seeing our fellow El Diamante teachers. These teachers love what they do and some, have been teaching long before we were even born. There is no denying they work just as hard as students do, thus Teacher Appreciation Week came to be about.
Typically, Teacher Appreciation Week takes place the first week of May and the Tuesday of that week, it is always National Teacher Day; this year, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th- 10th. During this week students will often show appreciation of their teachers with gifts and The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day as, “a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”
Although it is not quite clear how Teacher Appreciation Week came to be, it is said that around 1944, Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge then wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day. The NEA, along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates lobbied Congress to create a national day to celebrate teachers. Congress, thus declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day for that year only.The NEA and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day in March until 1985, until its shift of date when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May, however.
Emily Mendez, a junior, recalls her 5th grade year when her and as well as her classmates , they all brought and made gifts for their teacher. She says, “I really enjoyed it. Our teacher was shown how much gratitude we all had for him and today most high school students probably are not even aware there is a week for appreciating teachers or they probably have forgotten.” Likewise, this shows how students don’t fully know that the first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week!
Furthermore, there are countless ways a student can show appreciation for a teacher they are fond of. Here on campus, El D has some of the most prominent and excellent teachers, who are major components to El Diamante students’ education. Teacher Appreciation Week is a student’s opportunity to show their appreciation to teachers for all the effort they put in each day and the education that we receive thanks to them, and to acknowledge the crucial role teachers play in making sure every student receives a quality education.