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Teacher Recognition

The Best Teacher Gifts I Ever Received… And a Few Great Ideas For The Educators In Your Life

By The Room 241 Team May 1, 2018

This year, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11, and that means it’s time to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our nation’s awesome teachers. There is nothing like a heartfelt thank you from a student, parent, or colleague. So we’re sharing some teacher-appreciation favorites, along with great gift ideas for the special educators in your life.

The Best Teacher “Gift” I’ve Ever Received — As Told by Cavaliers

We asked some of Concordia-Portland’s Cavaliers to share the best “gifts” they ever received.

“I had a parent give me a gift certificate for a housecleaning service at the end of one school year. Such a thoughtful gift!” — Jennifer

“For Pi Day this year, I had a student give me this pencil holder that has the digits of pi cut out of it.” — Abigail

Pencil Case with Pi Digits

It’s a pencil holder… with pi!

“About 12 years ago, a group of kids in my 2nd period class pooled their money together and got me an iPod.” — Allison

“A student nominated me as the Tutor of the Year! I won!” — Paulo

“When I was applying for a promotion, one of my students told me how grateful she was for me and how, since I always write reference letters, she wrote me a reference letter. It was so thoughtful. She made it look so professional. I was blown away by all the wonderful things she had to say about me.” — Felisha

“I got a Harry and David box of goodies from a student I advised!” — Emili

“On the first day of school, a student gave me a book called “Here for a Reason” with a sweet message on the inside! Totally made me cry and [was] super unexpected!” — Janice

“I taught a nonverbal little friend how to say “Happy Valentine’s Day,” and he greets me with “Happy Valentines” every day.” — Sharonda

Unique, Affordable Gift Ideas for Teachers

Looking for a fun gift for a fellow educator? Here are some great ideas!

Teacher Gifts Under $10

Teacher Gifts Under $20

Teacher Gifts Under $30

School Supplies Organized Neatly

And, you can never go wrong with…

  • Gift cards
  • Delicious goodies
  • Flowers
  • Heartfelt thank you notes
  • School supplies

And Don’t Forget About Principal’s Day!

Here are some kind-hearted ways to treat your principal or superintendent this year — that won’t hurt your wallet!

We Celebrate Teachers All Year Round

One week isn’t nearly enough. And why should we only celebrate teachers once a year? At Concordia, we believe teachers, administrators, and school support staff deserve recognition and admiration all year round.

Check out our favorite blog posts for fun, creative ways to show your love for fellow teachers and staff. Take time to acknowledge all that you do for your own students and peers. And most importantly, celebrate you.

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