Earlier this month, I was eager to join others around the country and world in honoring our educators as they continue to persevere through a rapidly changing education landscape, including virtual instruction, born out of a global pandemic. Teacher Appreciation Week is an annual celebration honoring and recognizing teachers and the positive impact they make on our children 365 days a year.
At its outset, the Teacher Appreciation celebration looked a lot different than it does today. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim National Teacher Day. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe National Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May.
Teacher Appreciation Week highlights the extraordinary work of teachers everywhere, from making the pivot to virtual learning, to shaping the leaders of the next generation. We join others around the country and world in demonstrating our appreciation of educators of all specialties for what they do and for their commitment to our children.
Much like teachers, our providers work ceaselessly to continue to provide the highest quality oral healthcare to communities throughout the Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. We would not be able to serve you without this community of professionals at our side. And let’s face it; we’d have no providers without teachers!
Learn how you can join us in celebrating teachers everywhere.