National Teacher Appreciation Day May 3, 2022

Written by
Kyle Sherman
Published on
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Say thank you to special teachers with a personalized memento.

Each year, we celebrate America’s teachers on National Teacher Appreciation Day, traditionally the Tuesday of the first full week in May. Part of Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6 this year, students, parents and school administrators are honoring them with that special day on May 3, 2022.


The National Education Association (NEA) describes the event as “a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.” As a nation, we all know that teachers play an inspiring role in educating our children, who are the future leaders of our country. Kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding, a teacher often has a profound effect on a young person’s life, in addition to family members. Kids are spending at least seven hours a day, five days a week at school soaking up the guidance of educators and other school staff members; a good percentage of students spend more time after school participating in activities, sports and homework groups with teachers, as coaches and advisors. Teachers actively participate in the breath and scope of so many kids’ futures, helping them make decisions about their education and careers that best serve their happiness. In turn, teachers take their responsibility and influence very seriously. They deserve to be loved and appreciated all the year through, and especially on May 3.


Custom Paperweights for National Teacher Appreciation Day

Create beautiful paperweights personalized for your favorite teachers at PlaqueMaker. We carry a variety of shapes and sizes made from elegant crystal, acrylic, granite and marble. Custom-shaped acrylic paperweights are also available (the school mascot, perhaps?). Paperweights feature frosted engraving or screened printing with laser frosting, and include a name, personal message, logo or clip art. Each paperweight is individually packaged in a white box, ideal for gift-giving.


History of National Teacher Appreciation Day

● Leaders in education and politics discuss the need for a national day to honor teachers as early as 1944.


● In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuades the 81st Congress to proclaim a national teacher day.


● Congress declares March 7, 1980 as the first National Teacher Day.The NEA continues to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when the National PTA establishes Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May.


● The NEA Representative Assembly immediately votes to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Appreciation Day.


● National Teacher Appreciation Day is considered an “unofficial” national holiday.