In Indianapolis Public Schools we have some of the greatest teachers around. Just ask our students.

On Tuesday, May 5, we asked our schools to have their students share why they’re thankful for their teachers using the hashtag #ThankaTeacher. The responses were overwhelming and looked a little like this:

#ThankaTeacher for:

  • “Believing in me”
  • “Being the best teacher in the world”
  • “Always being there for me when I have trouble”
  • “Teaching me how to do math”
  • “Being a nice friend”
  • “Helping me learn”
  • “Sacrificing your time for my education”
  • “Being there”
  • “Having confidence in me”

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Principals also weren’t to be outdone, and several arranged celebrations for their staff throughout the week.

At Robert Lee Frost School 106, Principal Tina Foster arranged for a southwestern-style catered lunch for her teachers in the theme of “Cinco de Mayo.”

“Teachers seldom have time to eat a good lunch,” Foster said, “so this is just one way we can show our appreciation.”

George H. Fisher School 93 Principal Amanda Pickrell arranged a full week of activities for her staff including “Wind Down Wednesday,” where Pickrell and her Parent Involvement Educator (PIE) filled in for teachers for a class period so they could have an extra prep.

Pickrell even has the staff competing against each other in a mission impossible type game for secret prizes at the end of the week! Brookside School 54 Principal Julie Bakehorn also arranged a similar game at her school.

William McKinley School 39 Principal Kathleen Miller ordered 200 flowers for students to purchase for $1.00 to give to their favorite teachers. It was so popular they decided to do it an extra day!

“It was a nice surprise to get flowers,” third grade teacher Dana Garcia said. “It’s different. It made me feel special.”

“We can show our teachers we appreciate them by being respectful, raising our hands and listening,” said William McKinley first grade student Kendall Meyers.

We’re thankful for our teachers every single day, not just one week a year. They are what makes IPS amazing!