“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” Brad Henry
Teaching is a work of heart. I think we can all look back at a time when a teacher impacted our lives. I for one, will never forget my high school English teacher. She was tough on us, but she also empowered us to believe in ourselves and in our writing. We all have moments in which we were inspired by our teachers. And this week, we celebrate them for their hard work and dedication to empowering young people to discover themselves through learning.
I come from a family of educators. Both of my grandmothers were teachers. My mom was a teacher, my aunt and cousins are teachers. Even my sister is a speech pathologist at an elementary school—which is not an easy job. When you know an educator personally, you know the passion and dedication that it takes to be successful in and out of school. Teachers don’t just get to go home at the end of the day, they go home with forms, homework, and papers to grade. They go home with aching hearts, knowing that some of their students probably won’t have dinner that night or won’t have anyone at home to help them with their homework. I said it before, and I’ll say it again: teaching is a work of heart.
I do not believe for one second that you can be a teacher, a para, a speech pathologist, a librarian, or principal without loving what you do and the kids that you teach. So when Teacher Appreciation Week comes around, simply recognizing educators for their hard work will brighten their day and help them remember that the long days and nights are worth it. Here are 5 fun gifts for educators this Teacher Appreciation:
“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” This fun wall plaque is a wonderful gift for your teacher. A teacher does so much more than teach. They inspire learning and empower young people to have confidence in themselves in a way they might not have found on their own.
This simple token of appreciation will make your teacher smile. The apple in this carving serves as a metaphor for good health, wisdom, and the honor of being chosen for something big. Each Willow Tree sculpture is hand carved by artist Susan Lordi. Thank your teacher or educator for making a difference with a one-of-a-kind gift.
”A teacher Serves others with the grace of God,” 1 Peter 4:10. This table cross serves as a reminder that being a teacher is an important profession. You are guiding young people and training them to be the future leaders of tomorrow. The other side of this lovely resin cross reads, “Trust Him and he shall direct thy paths,” Proverbs 3:5-6.
This box of 101 blessings for teachers will inspire your child’s favorite teacher even on the hardest of days. We all need inspiration, especially with a classroom of 30 kiddos to take care of. Each card has a faith –filled message along with a scripture that is easy to read and mediate on.
Let’s be real, the best gift you can give is something the recipient will actually be able to use! And who better to receive the gift of caffeination than a teacher? With their long hours and early mornings, a little liquid patience is just what they need to get through the day. This sweet mug comes with the message “Be Still and Know”—something any teacher can take comfort in. Not to mention, it is perfect for mornings when you are on the go!
We all have been impacted by educators, mentors, and teachers in some way, shape, or form. Who was your favorite teacher? What was so special about them? Be sure to comment below!
Hey, y’all! My name is Hannah and I want you to join me on my personal journey to seeking Christ daily! Together we will laugh, cry, and learn to have a little fun while bringing glory to God! Like it says in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”