24 Teacher appreciation quotes & messages to make their day (2024)

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April 15, 2021

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Teachers deserve to be acknowledged for the time and effort they put into educating their students. At its core, a thoughtful teacher appreciation message is a genuine compliment. Though it’s easy to give compliments to friends and family when you catch up with them, giving one to a teacher in a note can feel a bit more formal. Instead, think of it as simply recognizing the effort they put into their work and the results that effort created. The results of a good teacher often speak for themselves and are reflected in your children.

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How do you write a thank you message to a teacher?

In general, though, it’s better to err on the side of formality by addressing your child’s teacher as “Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms./Miss [Name],” in line with how your child refers to them. (Also refer to how they’ve responded in letters and emails to you or the parents of your child’s class.) Then, open your note with a thank you for their work this year. Next, continue to share your specific compliment, observation and/or quote from your child. Close by simply reiterating your appreciation.

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Your child could also be the “author” of your teacher appreciation message, even if they are on the younger side. (In fact, the younger the kid is, the cuter the message may be.) If you have middle school and high school-aged kids, writing their own thank you teacher card will help them hone a useful life skill, not just the art of writing a note, but cultivating a thoughtful attitude. It’s especially a great exercise when the recipient may have been a teacher that challenged the student in some way. Perhaps the subject didn’t come easily to your child, or the teaching style was quite rigorous. Encouraging your child to think of a good quality in someone they may have found difficult is a lesson in empathy that’ll serve them well both in and out of the classroom.

Teacher appreciation quotes from parents

You can write a teacher appreciation message from your perspective as a parent, focusing more on what you’ve observed from their hard work. The overall tone of the message should reflect the tone of how you have communicated with the teacher.

From your perspective as a parent, you can tell the educator what you see in your child, what your child says to you about school, or the progress you’ve seen them make in a particular area. Perhaps your child has a love for reading and now goes through books faster than you can get them into your home. Or maybe they have developed confidence in speaking or a new interest that may have started in the classroom.

You can also always incorporate teacher appreciation quotes and creative expression from your child. Chat with them about what they liked most about their school day. What is one fact they are particularly proud of learning? What was their favorite memory from the school year? Little ones will be more inclined to open up, but you’d be surprised at what a chat with an older child or teen can bring up.

Teacher appreciation card ideas

Now that you know what to say and how to say it in your note, it’s time to get started on the fun part: choosing a card. We’ll help you get started with a few of our favorite Teacher Appreciation cards designed to suit the occasion perfectly.Whether the recipient is a pun enthusiast or a Zoom virtuoso, our virtual cards make it easy to send your heartfelt gratitude for their good teaching.

  1. Teachers plant the seeds of wisdom – A timeless sentiment that doesn’t feel stuffy thanks to the quirky gold lettering and a smattering of apples in this card by Hello!Lucky. The fruit pattern also winks at the pun in a fun way.
Wise Fruit by Hello!Lucky
  1. Thank you, teacher, for an unexpected year – This teacher appreciation quote comes from one of the most classic films about the impact of good teaching (a quote from the film “Dead Poets Society”).
  2. In teachers we trust – Show your enduring support for one of the hardest-working, dedicated groups of professionals in our society. This card by Hello!Lucky dazzles with a bold, colorful design that will stand out to your amazing teacher.
Trusty Teacherthank you teacher appreciationcard by Hello!Lucky
  1. Teacher, thanks a ton – One glance at this cheerful little elephant is guaranteed to bring a smile. While it’s a natural choice for those who teach younger students, this Hello!Lucky card can also show appreciation for any teacher who has a fun sense of humor.
  2. Thanks for bee-ing a great teacher – Sometimes, the best thank you teacher messages are the simplest. This sweet card by Hello!Lucky is also more than its pun. Just take a look at that bee confidently conducting a virtual learning session!
Busy Bee teacher appreciation card by Hello!Lucky
  1. Teacher, you make the world a better place – Sure, the bold illustration style by Hello!Lucky makes this card a standout, but it’s the sentiment that makes an impact. Acknowledge the dedication and hard work they put into their work — and the way all that effort has a greater effect even beyond the classroom.
Better Placeteacher appreciation card idea by Hello!Lucky
  1. Sharper because of you – The thank you teacher message in this card by Cheree Berry couldn’t be more on point. It’s a witty way to show your appreciation for the effort involved in sharpening the minds of the next generation, and how teachers awaken the joy of learning.
  2. Happy Teacher’s Week – Take a trip back to the days when cursive was a big part of the curriculum with this nostalgic card by Cheree Berry. The message couldn’t be more perfect for Teacher Appreciation Week!
Repetition teacher appreciation card idea by Cheree Berry
  1. Grateful for teachers – A classic pink eraser delivers a short and sweet message for your favorite teacher. This card by Cheree Berry is ideal for customizing with your favorite teacher appreciation quotes.
  2. Thanks for making school rule – Send a precise teacher appreciation message with this fun ruler-themed design. It’s perfect for the teacher who doesn’t take themselves too seriously, or for the teacher who does take precision seriously (but still has a sense of humor).
You Rule thank you teacher card by Paperless Post
  1. World’s best teacher – Make it official with a card for a teacher unlike the others. You can customize the certificate with just a few of their accomplishments, or let it simply speak for itself.
  2. Bookbag essentials – Teachers who have spent the year in a virtual classroom will enjoy this reminder of the real-life learning that’s (hopefully) just around the corner. The thank you teacher card has plenty of room for adding an encouraging message or quote.
Bookbag Essentialsteacher appreciation card by Paperless Post
  1. Wildly grateful – This Hello!Lucky card is a pun on top of a pun. Why? The “wildly” grateful animals are also a way to say “Thank Zoo”! It’s a lighthearted way to show your appreciation to pre-K and elementary school teachers.
  2. A+ Teacher – For the teacher who easily makes the grade, this assignment-inspired card awards a flurry of “stickers” for their A+ efforts. Elementary school teachers are sure to get a kick out of this one.
  3. Can’t thank you enough, teacher – This elegant yet playful design by kate spade new york says it all. The simple sentiment means that it can work for a variety of teachers, and the back has plenty of room to customize with a well-chosen teacher appreciation quote.
Can’t Thank You Enoughby kate spade new york

Thank you teacher quotes

If you need more inspiration to get your creativity flowing for your card, lean on these teacher appreciation quotes. These cute sayings may prompt you to craft your own message. Add one of these verbatim to your teacher appreciation card, or use another favorite quote of your own:

  1. “The best teacher in the world is someone who loves what he or she does, and just loves it in front of you.” — Fred Rogers
  2. “I hope you’re proud of yourself for the times you’ve said ‘yes,’ when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly helpful only to someone else.” — Fred Rogers
  3. “Real strength has to do with helping others.” — Fred Rogers
  4. “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.”— Japanese Proverb
  5. “Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.” — Andy Rooney
  6. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — William Butler Yeats
  7. “Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” — Rita Pierson
  8. “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” ― John Steinbeck
  9. “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is a vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” ― Carl Jung

If you’re looking for a “blank slate,” our back-to-school cards give you more bookish themes to choose from. Simply customize your pick with thank you teacher messages or the above inspirational quotes.

Apple In Season by Indigo Bunting and Library Cardby Paperless Post

What to do for Teacher Appreciation Week?

First things first: say thank you. Send an ecard to all the teachers in your life, thanking them for all they do. Of course, that’s much easier said than done. When you’re sitting down to write down something thoughtful, it can be tricky to find the right words. This is true even if you know the educator very well—there’s just so much to say about the importance of education that it’s hard to narrow it down. Or, if your child has multiple teachers, there’s the challenge of writing multiple (and unique) messages without lapsing into a generic thank you.

The key to perfecting the art of a thank you teacher message is to break down what you want to say, decide how you’ll say it, and then put it all down in the perfect card.

Ready to express your gratitude to the special teacher in your child’s life? Choose your favorite from our teacher appreciation cards and schedule your thoughtful message to get to their inbox just in time for Teacher Appreciation Day!

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Insights, advice, suggestions, feedback and comments from experts

As an expert in the field of education, I have dedicated years to studying and understanding the intricacies of teaching and learning. My passion for this topic stems from my firsthand experience as both a student and an educator. I have witnessed the transformative power of teachers and the impact they have on shaping young minds.

When it comes to teacher appreciation, it is crucial to acknowledge the time and effort teachers put into their work. A genuine compliment goes a long way in showing gratitude for their dedication. While it may feel more formal to express your appreciation in a note, it is essential to recognize the effort they put into their work and the positive results that effort creates.

When writing a thank you message to a teacher, it is best to err on the side of formality. Address your child's teacher as "Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms./Miss [Name]," in line with how your child refers to them. Take cues from the letters and emails they have sent to you or the parents of your child's class. Begin your note by thanking them for their work throughout the year. Then, continue by sharing a specific compliment, observation, or quote from your child. Conclude by reiterating your appreciation.

Even young children can be involved in expressing gratitude to their teachers. Encourage your child to be the "author" of your teacher appreciation message, no matter their age. This exercise not only teaches them the art of writing a note but also cultivates a thoughtful attitude. It is especially meaningful when the recipient may have challenged the student in some way. Encourage your child to find a good quality in someone they may have found difficult, fostering empathy both in and out of the classroom.

As a parent, you can share what you observe from your perspective. Tell the educator about what you see in your child, what your child tells you about school, or the progress you have witnessed in a particular area. Highlight your child's love for reading, newfound confidence in speaking, or any other positive developments that may have stemmed from the classroom.

Incorporating teacher appreciation quotes and creative expression from your child can also add a personal touch. Engage in a conversation with them about their favorite aspects of their school day, a fact they are proud of learning, or their favorite memory from the school year. Even older children and teens can surprise you with their insights and reflections.

Now that you know how to craft a heartfelt thank you message to a teacher, it's time to choose a card that suits the occasion perfectly. Consider options like the "Teachers plant the seeds of wisdom" card by Hello!Lucky, which combines a timeless sentiment with a fun fruit pattern. Or, for a more lighthearted approach, choose the "Thanks for bee-ing a great teacher" card by Hello!Lucky, featuring a sweet bee conducting a virtual learning session. There are various designs available, catering to different preferences and senses of humor.

If you need further inspiration, you can rely on teacher appreciation quotes to prompt your creativity. Consider adding quotes such as "Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher" (Japanese Proverb) or "Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be" (Rita Pierson) to your teacher appreciation card.

Remember, Teacher Appreciation Week is an excellent opportunity to express your gratitude. Sending an e-card to all the teachers in your life is a meaningful gesture. Take the time to write thoughtful messages, acknowledging the importance of education and the impact teachers have on shaping the future. Choose from a variety of teacher appreciation cards and schedule your messages to arrive just in time for Teacher Appreciation Day.

Browse through the collection of teacher appreciation cards to find the perfect one that resonates with your sentiments and captures the essence of your appreciation.

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