Teacher Appreciation

By Sarah Yurch | March 31 2023 | General

Teacher Appreciation Week is observed May 2–8 2023, but hardworking educators deserve our thanks year-round.

Over the past few years in particular, teachers and other school workers have made it known that they feel overworked and underappreciated. In 2022, the National Education Association (NEA) created a video featuring the thoughts of several educators from across their country on what would make them feel truly appreciated. Their wishes include a living wage for all school workers, adequate funding for school resources, more manageable class sizes, and for politicians to stop making their work a partisan issue. In addition to these broader systemic changes, many educators note that a letter or drawing from a student, a hug, or a sincere “thank you” are most meaningful.

A gift can’t change the education system, but it can make an educator feel that their hard work is seen and valued. See below for some of our top Teacher Appreciation gifts, or click here for a more complete list.

A Card Game for Pun Lovers
From rising comedy superstar Jo Firestone, Punderdome is a lively judge-based card game in the spirit of Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity.
$20.00 US
Jun 21, 2016
Clarkson Potter

Women in Science: 100 Postcards
The charming illustrations and visual wit that are the hallmark of Rachel Ignotofsky's book, Women in Science (Ten Speed Press, Summer 2016) are in full display in this box of one hundred collectible postcards.
$20.00 US
Mar 07, 2017
Clarkson Potter

Happy Teachers Change the World
A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education
The Thich Nhat Hanh/Plum Village approach to mindfulness in education is being used in classrooms across the globe. This is the first official, authoritative manual.
$18.95 US
Jun 06, 2017
Parallax Press

The Freedom Writers Diary (20th Anniversary Edition)
How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them
The #1 bestseller about a fiercely determined teacher and her remarkable students--now a PBS documentary. This 20th anniversary edition features new essays from the Freedom Writers, whose stories continue to amaze and inspire.
$19.00 US
Oct 12, 1999