National Teacher Appreciation Week: Thank you for all you do

National Teacher Appreciation Week: Thank you for all you do

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There's no denying that teachers have a huge impact on the lives of children. As we grow up, have families of our own, we keep the lessons they taught us and remember those who impacted us the most.

For those who have done so much to shape our lives, May 2-6 is devoted as National Teacher Appreciation Week. To honor their tireless work to educate, here's a little lesson on the history of the observance.

According to the National Education Association, the origins of National Teacher Day (May 3) is a bit "murky."

"Around 1944 Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodrige began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers," states the organizations website. "Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day."

For this year's National Teacher Appreciation Week, President Barack Obama's proclamation includes an outline of steps that have been made to better the education system during his time in office.

"I have worked hard throughout my Presidency to make sure my Administration does its part to support our educators and our education system, but the incredible progress our country has seen -- from achieving record high graduation rates to holding more students to high standards that prepare them for success in college and future careers -- is thanks to the dedicated teachers, families, and school leaders who work tirelessly on behalf of our young people."

But as we all know, this is a day for individuals. We want to know about the teacher who impacted your life. Send us a photo to, or share your story on our Facebook page.

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