• MNEA Works for You Missouri NEA membership means benefits that help you provide the best possible education for the students in your school. Backed by the resources of the more than 3 million-member NEA, MNEA members enjoy a wide range of benefits that no other organization can match. Find Out More >

  • Apply for Cat Tracks Tour MNEA president and vice president are looking for "place to go" during the MNEA Cat Tracks Tour, which celebrates NEA's Read Across America. Apply for a stop on the Cat Tracks Tour by completing an online application by Jan. 5. Find Out More >

  • Law Day Essay Contest Contest asks students, grades 4-12, the importance of Miranda Rights. Help your students polish their writing skills with the Missouri NEA/Missouri Bar Law Day Essay Contest for a chance to win up to $300. Entries due Jan. 15. Find Out More >

  • Read to Achieve Contest If your school is within the KCTV5 viewing area (greater Kansas City), teachers at your school are eligible for a chance to win $1,000 and a visit from news anchor Alexis Del Cid. The Read to Achieve contest is co-sponsored by Missouri NEA and Kansas NEA. Find Out More >

National Teacher Appreciation Week

National Teacher Day

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8, 2015.

Great teachers make great public schools. On National Teacher Day, May 5, 2015 thousands of communities take time to honor their local educators and acknowledge the crucial role teachers play in making sure every student receives a quality education.

Thank a Teacher

National Teacher Day, which falls during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8, 2015), is a wonderful opportunity to remind the larger community of the value teachers bring to the lives of children. It is also the perfect opportunity for school boards, school administrators, community members and students to salute and thank those who touch the lives of children through teaching.

To help you celebrate . . .

  • Display a Teacher Day poster in the classrooms and halls of your school. Download an 11x17 inch poster now.
  • Thank a teacher using social media. Be sure to include the #ThankaTeacher hashtag in your message, meme, photo, tweet or vine, and you could win a $100 VISA gift card from NEA Member Benefits.    
  • Find social media ideas, artwork, resources and videos on the NEA.org website.    
  • Honor teachers with a “Champion Teacher” certificate (pdf).
  • Purchase a gift from the MNEA Image Item Store, or contact David Predmore by phone (800-392-0236).


History of National Teacher Day

The origins of National Teacher Day are murky. 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 wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.

NEA, along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (KS) Local, lobbied Congress to create a national day to celebrate teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day for that year only.

NEA and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day in March until 1985, when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May. 


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