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National Teacher Day

May 7, 2019

The National Education Association (NEA) describes National Teacher Day as, “a day of honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.” Here at Mathnasium, we champion that cause! We work alongside your students’ teachers throughout the year to address any concerns in their math education, and we appreciate the effort put in by those teachers to help students achieve academic success.


Teacher Appreciation Week takes place the first full week in May, the Tuesday of which is designated as National Teacher Day. Many people attribute the popularity of this holiday to Eleanor Roosevelt, who brought this holiday before Congress in 1953. It wasn’t until 27 years later that the NEA, partnered together with the Kansas and Indiana Boards of Education, lobbied Congress to finally make this day a national holiday.


We’re celebrating in the center by decorating Teacher Appreciation cards and talking about our favorite teachers and why they’re so awesome! We’d like to share some stories from our instructors and management about their favorite teachers who helped them become the educators they are today.  

My sophomore math teacher is my favorite teacher ever. It was the first time I had struggled with math and her class taught me how to really work for my goals if I was having trouble. She also was very mean and never wanted to meet with her students so I had to be very persistent and prove to her that I wanted to do well.


-Kristen, Instructor

I had an incredible teacher in high school who taught me to love literature. I wasn't very good at analyzing readings at that point, but her passion and love of the books she was teaching showed me how to dig deeper into the words and their meanings. It inspired me to become an English major and earn a degree in English Lit.


-Kay Harding, Assistant Center Director

My favorite teacher was Mr. Foster, who actually taught me twice! 10th grade chemistry then 12th grade AP Chem. He was always committed to making the lessons fun and entertaining to keep all levels of students engaged.


The trait that I now have the most appreciation for is his patience- I was quite the trying student always needing to know the why behind what we were learning. Sometimes the reason behind the formulas and chemical properties were quite advanced- he did his best to explain everything to me at a level that I understood. It is so easy for teachers (or any adult!) to try to quiet a child and move on, but he consistently entertained my and my classmates curiosity.


-Nicki Atwood, Director of Operations

If you haven’t already, make sure to nominate your favorite teacher for our Teacher Appreciation Facebook Contest! Find our contest post and comment the name of the teacher and their school, one lucky teacher will win a Mathnasium Goodie Bag!