National Teacher Appreciation Week — Thank a Teacher

May 6-10 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. This week, we released a new series, and several new pieces, to honor the importance of teachers. We hope you’ll take some time to enjoy them, to share them with your friends, and to thank your favorite teacher using these hashtags: #TeacherAppreciationWeek and #ThankATeacher.

First, we released the first two installments from the new Voices on Teaching series — offering 360-degree perspectives on the teaching profession and impact of teachers from educators, parents, students, business leaders, celebrities, and others:

Teaching — In it for the outcome
Christie Smith could have chosen any career. But even when she entertained other possibilities, she always returned to her true passion: teaching. Hear why Christie chose to teach above all else, how her mom feels about her career choice, and what her students say makes Christie special.

“Thank you, You saved my life” — an appreciation like no other profession
This assistant superintendent for human resources with Lubbock ISD shares why teaching brings with it an appreciation like no other profession. Thank you to all the educators who choose this profession — not for the immediate rewards, but because teachers give rise to the future.

We also released a new feature profile of a Charles Butt Scholar who is studying to be a teacher:

Teaching from the heart: Paying forward a family’s love
Some teachers desire a classroom full of students who are engaged, eager-to-please, and easy-going. C’Sherica Shaw, who received a Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers, is not one of them. Instead, this future educator currently studying at UNT Dallas wants a class full of the ones who aren’t, and it shows in the way she interacts with kids.

Then we shared a new addition to the Voices from the Field series:

All students have strengths
This Ysleta ISD teacher shares how special education students are more than a label, that they have strengths, and can shine in their own way. That’s why she is working toward personalizing education for every student rather than teaching an entire class the same way and at the same pace.

Listen to what she says the public education system needs to do to support every student, rather than trying to fit every student into the same education model.

Thank you to all the teachers out there, working to meet the needs of all students. Our honoring of teachers won’t end with Teacher Appreciation Week. We are producing more stories, more profiles, and more features for these series. And in the coming months, we’ll have more exciting news. So stay tuned!

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