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Take a Moment and Thank a Teacher

26 May 2015 by Desiree Samson

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day. And here at Insight we have one simple — but important — request. We ask that you take a moment, and thank a teacher.

We all have that one teacher in our lives that we will remember forever. A teacher that encouraged us when we thought we couldn’t accomplish the task at hand. A teacher that tirelessly believed in us when we were stubborn or pretended not to care. A teacher who we can look back at and acknowledge the undeniable impact they had on our lives.

At the end of last month, Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, was honored at the White House by President Barack Obama. It is a ceremony to not only honor the Teacher of the Year, but the profession. “They give their students their all — their knowledge, their creativity, their focused attention, their love. They empty the tanks for their kids and then they get up the next morning and they do it all over again,” said President Obama. They cheer us on outside of the classroom, push us to fill out college and scholarship applications, grade papers after the sun sets and worry about us like an extension of themselves.

And while Teacher Appreciation Day is meant to recognize teachers in the K – 12 classroom, we really should recognize all sorts of teachers in our lives — the people who invest their time and energy to help us get to wherever we are going. So today we ask you to take a moment — rather a quick text to a teacher you are still in contact with, or a Tweet out to the world — and thank a teacher. Because whether they personally receive the message or not, teachers everywhere will, and that is what matters. That they know we know how hard they work and that we acknowledge the life-long difference they make. And that they know we see how they’re embracing new education technology on top of all of this.

So feel free to use the image below, Tweet to @InsightEnt with #ThankATeacher and tell us how a teacher has impacted your life.

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