National Teacher Appreciation Day

teacher appreciationMost of us appreciate America's teachers year round, every day. But this week - and especially today, Teacher Appreciation Day - we make a special effort to honor the work teachers do to educate our children and to make great public schools for every student.

In New York, we are particularly proud that so many of our teachers are among the best and most dedicated in the nation. To date, more than 1,600 New York teachers have earned teaching's "gold standard" — certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. And each year one NYSUT member is recognized as the state’s Teacher of the Year, ably representing their colleagues and their profession. Here are some videos showcasing recent Teachers of the Year and the good work they do, typical of the work that goes on in classrooms every day across the state.

NYSUT's national affiliates — the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association — offer some online opportunities to thank teachers this week and to understand the issues facing public school educators.

So: we want to hear from you. Why did you become a teacher? Was there a favorite teacher in your past who made a real difference in your life?

Go social with NYSUT, NEA and AFT to share your story! Pick your platform: Facebook, Vine, Twitter and Tumblr!

Celebrate teachers with NYSUT on Facebook

Celebrate teachers with the NEA on Vine

What better way to thank the teachers that have inspired you than making a six-second Vine video! Use the #ThankATeacher hashtag and join thousands showing their support for our nation's teachers.

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Celebrate teachers with the AFT on Twitter and Tumblr

Submit your photo and use the #ThankATeacher hashtag!