National Teacher Appreciation Day

National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, is celebrated on Tuesday of the first full week in May.  This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week which is the first full week in May of each year.

The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day  “as day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives”.  

Teachers play a critical  role in educating and shaping our children: the future leaders of our country.  They are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding professionals that mold our children’s lives in a positive direction.  We entrust our children with the teachers and they affect their lives on a daily basis.


It is time to say “Thank You” to the special teachers that you know.  Let them know that they are appreciated for all that they do. Use #TeacherAppreciationDay to post on social media.


  •  In 1944 political and education leaders discussed the need for a national day to honor teachers.
  • In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher 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.  National Teacher Day is an “unofficial” National holiday.