It is impossible to overstate the importance of teachers. Even as I write this sentence, I am reminded of the quirky first grade teacher who taught me how to spell the word “sentence,” as well as the college professors who hammered home the finer points of using commas within double quotation marks. Now that I’m far from school and well into adulthood, I am finally beginning to appreciate the tremendous influence of my teachers from years past. They really deserve more praise than I could offer alone. And as these quotes about teachers to share with your educators on National Teacher Appreciation Day prove, plenty of prominent thinkers also revere the far-reaching influences of educators.
Whether you’re thankful for that dynamic college professor who made you work your hardest, or your kid’s brilliant preschool teacher, there are plenty of reasons to thank the educators in your life. After all, it takes a lot of patience and grit to mold wild little children into forward-thinking, compassionate members of society. Taking a moment to show your gratitude for educators in all corners of your life is only natural. And if you happen to be a teacher, then please accept this sincere message of thanks. Helping others learn is one of the most laudable tasks of all.