Educators always rise to the challenge and accomplish many incredible things on behalf of their students! National Teacher Week recognizes these lasting contributions that educators make to their students’ lives. This week long celebration originates from 1944 when a teacher named Mattye Whyte Woodridge sent many letters to politicians and education proponents to campaign for an official day to honor the work and impact of teachers. One person she contacted was First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt played a pivotal role in persuading Congress that there needed to be an official day that recognized teachers. However, it wasn’t until 1980 when the lobbying efforts of National Education Association (NEA) resulted in an official National Teacher Day, which was originally celebrated on March 7th, then moved to the first week of May.
This week is about lifting up every single one of those amazing teachers and educational support professionals who change lives every single day.