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National Teacher Appreciation Day

27 Ways to Get Ready for School This Weekend

Hometalk | Posted 08.10.2015 | HuffPost Home

While we were busy taking trips to the beach and planning evening BBQ's, the new school year was sneaking up on us, and it's almost here! Before you or your child gets a panic attack though, take a breath and check out some ways you can prepare your family for going back to school.

Cheryl Williams, The Mentor Who Goes Above And Beyond

Anna Snapp | Posted 05.08.2015 | Education
Anna Snapp

She teaches her students to listen closely to the rhythm of Shakespeare's words and find meaning in them. She teaches her students to not just find meaning in these ancient texts, but also to find meaning in every day human relationships.

Thanking the Heroes of My Son's Childhood, His Teachers

Carissa K | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Carissa K

While I'm certainly proud of the person my son is and even more proud of the person he is on his way to becoming, my husband and I can't take all of the credit.

Thank You, First Sergeant Westbrook and Gunnery Sergeant Small

Sara Martinez | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Sara Martinez

If it wasn't for them, I would not be graduating from DePauw University in 18 days. While in high school, they offered me so much guidance in my academic life, but even more impactful was the guidance they offered in my personal life.

Former Student Honors St. Charles, Michigan Teacher

Geoff Koboldt | Posted 05.07.2015 | Education
Geoff Koboldt

Imagine being a teacher and walking into the chemistry lab only to see the room engulfed with the sight of black smoke and the smell of burnt oil due to a chemistry reaction gone wrong.

Blessed With The Best

Scarlett Kajala | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Scarlett Kajala

She is a gift to every student blessed with the opportunity to be in her class. I will be eternally grateful that my son was privileged enough to have such an extraordinary role model in his life.

Teacher of My Heart

Laura Davis Smith | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Laura Davis Smith

I came from a very poor family, on public assistance, and family life was exceedingly dysfunctional. I started 4th grade a day late. I walked into a class full of children I did not know, but it did not matter -- school was my safe place. And Mrs. Harrison was my shelter.

9 Quotes From Students And Parents On Teachers Who Changed Their Lives

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.11.2015 | Good News

One class led by one educator has the power to change the lives of students and families forever. In light of Teacher Appreciation Day, we are hon...

Make Like A Sponge!

Lillian Sims | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Lillian Sims

I always had the feeling that she might have easily been a great writer or leader in any field, but somehow decided to stay in the same classroom for as many years as I have known her, patiently prying young brains with a methodical, calm, questioning style.

A Thank You to Kelly, An Amazing Educator, For Changing My Life

Amanda Barnard | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Amanda Barnard

Kelly is the type of educator who calls attention to the aspects of society most people would like to pretend do not exist; the type of educator who cares deeply for her students and their success. Kelly is the type of educator who changes the world, student by student.

To The Teachers Who Taught Beyond The Textbook

Anam Ahmad | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Anam Ahmad

I couldn't be more grateful for the teachers who have entered my life and helped to shape me into the person I am.

Mr. MacPherson Circa 1982

Renate Cunneen | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Renate Cunneen

Teachers are important and have the extreme ability to change a person's life. Mr. Macpherson is a true example of this.

Still Inspiring After All These Years

Sandra Jameson | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Sandra Jameson

Now I teach every day. I draw my own squiggles around headings, and I have that same poster of Stevie Wonder on my classroom wall because it makes me smile.

'I Now Teach The Classes She Taught To Me'

Erin Parker | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Erin Parker

I am who I am because of the teacher who went the extra mile with me. I will forever be indebted to "J.Hunt," the teacher-turned-counselor-turned-best-friend. Like her, I look forward to devoting my career to working to help impact my students as much as she has impacted me.

The Freshman Year English Teacher Who Showed Me A New Way To Read

Bryan Hogg | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Bryan Hogg

Through various eccentric projects, like producing a radio show modeled after scenes from Shakespeare plays or constructing a raft similar to the one used by Huckleberry Finn, Mr. Morris created a world that felt exclusive to his particular classroom

A Gay 6-Year-Old's Thank You To His First Grade Teacher, 20 Years Later

Marcos Saldivar | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Marcos Saldivar

I firmly believe that without Lisa, the negative education statistics that plague Latino communities would have become my sobering reality. Instead, Lisa was one of the first people who recognized my potential and instilled in me a passion for learning.

The Teacher Is You

Ellen Rennard | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Ellen Rennard

At the end of every period, he read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn out loud -- so that by the end of the year, we'd heard the whole book. Of all the books I've read (lots), Huck is still my favorite because I can still hear him reading it.

Thank You For Teaching Special Education

Michele Gruba | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Michele Gruba

Aidan tells me all the time "Sarah Love me," and that is a great feeling. We are so thankful for all the effort and attention Sarah and the team give to our son.

To Walker, With Love

Waliek Crandall | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Waliek Crandall

Mr. Walker became my father away from home. He would give us weekly speeches telling us that we don't have to be products of our environments -- on welfare, using drugs or spending a life in prison. Mr. Walker always told us we could do anything and be anyone we wanted.

Tell Us About Your Favorite Teacher And We May Feature Your Story

HuffPost Editors | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education

At HuffPost Education, we know exceptional teachers are life-changers. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, from May 4 to May 8, HuffPost Educati...

One Thank You, Two Generations of Teachers

Leonor Dones | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Leonor Dones

I know that he will not become a millionaire teaching, and I worry about how hard he works, but knowing that he's sharing pieces of himself with the kids who need him is priceless to me.

5 Reasons Teachers Are Overpaid

The Second City Network | Posted 07.07.2014 | Comedy
The Second City Network

I am shocked -- SHOCKED! -- to hear people advocating for higher salaries for American educators. Financial success and teachers go together like polar bears and ice: they desperately need it, and it's not like they're running out.

These 11 Education Leaders Had Their Lives Changed By Amazing Teachers

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact

Before they were educators, policymakers and trailblazers, they had teachers who inspired them to be all that they could be. For National Teacher A...

Teachers Matter (Now More Than Ever)

Angela Maiers | Posted 05.06.2014 | Education
Angela Maiers

Your students need you more than ever. There is nothing that you will allow to get in the way of your changing the lives of your students -- for good.

Why Teachers Matter

George Lucas | Posted 07.06.2014 | Education
George Lucas

Digital technology can do so many amazing things for the learning process, but it can't be human.