Teacher Appreciation Week 2024

May 1, 2024 | South Blue Valley

To All of Our Teachers, Thank You!

“Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.”
-Joyce Meyer

This year, Teacher Appreciation Week is being celebrated from Monday, May 6th - Friday, May 10th. We work alongside our students’ teachers throughout the year to fill in gaps and provide support - and we couldn’t be more appreciative of their efforts. Let’s shower our teachers with all of the appreciation they can stand!

4 Small Ways to Show Your Appreciation

Write a Thank You Card or Letter to Your Child’s Favorite Teacher
This is a great activity for you and your child! Use our template or one of the thousands available online to create a Thank You Card and let your teacher know they’re appreciated. You might even consider reaching out to past teachers through email or Facebook!

Download Teacher Thank You Card

Bring a Small Gift to Your Child's Favorite Teacher
Whether it's a gift of school supplies, a special treat, or a handmade item, make a difference in a teacher's day by sending them a little treat. Don't have time to shop for teacher appreciation gifts? We're providing teacher goodie bags for all of our students' math teachers! Stop in and grab one during one of your sessions in the next two weeks!

Nominate your Child’s Favorite Teacher for an Award
During Teacher Appreciation Week, there are tons of opportunities to nominate teachers for awards, gift baskets, and more! Keep an eye out for opportunities leading up to and during Teacher Appreciation Week, and make sure to visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to nominate your teacher for a special Mathnasium giveaway.

Nominate A K-12 Teacher To Win a Basket Full of Goodies

Tell Stories About Your Favorite Teacher
Hold a family story time and talk about your time in school - and the teachers who helped you succeed! Your kids will love to learn more about your childhood, and this can be a great bonding opportunity.

Students can also ask Mathnasium staff about their favorite teachers this week (or any week, we love to talk about them!) during their visits. We’ve shared a couple down below as well! ⬇️


""I first met Dr. Peng Peng Yu my sophomore year at University. Speaking to himself, and slightly disheveled in his manner of clothing (sweat pants, and a print t-shirt), he certainly did not match my preconceived notion of what a college professor was. What I didn't know at the time is that we had a common interest, an interest he would soon cultivate within me. However that did not occur until later, and, like a campus cryptid, I only saw glimpses of him throughout that year. Then the next year, my junior year, came: the year when our paths officially crossed. Before I begin telling you of my junior year, though, I need to rewind back to my freshman year.

I came into university thinking I would major in Philosophy and English. After becoming dissatisfied with those fields' ability to acquire truth in a satisfying way, I turned to mathematics and physics. That was around the time when I started becoming interested in Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. A theory of gravity that, for the uninitiated, posits the relationship between the bending of space and time, and gravity. At the time, though, I didn't understand that, let alone the mathematics. I simply knew of the theory optically.

Flash forward. I'm a junior who still has interest in General Relativity. I yearn to work with it. Enter Peng Peng Yu. That year I had three separate classes with him. Two of them were independent studies. Needless to say, seeing Dr. Peng Peng Yu went from a rare event to a common one. One of the classes, an independent study, he taught to me would end up being the most influential class in my academic career: ""the Geometry of the Universe."" Dr. Peng Peng Yu, having expertise in the area, took me by the hand and showed me the world as Einstein saw it. A fantastical universe that reacted to any mass present by bending and morphing. That year, I went from knowing nothing about cosmology and General Relativity to getting my hands dirty in its mathematics. He even had me present my findings at a state-wide physics conference. Looking back on it, he was preparing me for an academic future.

I'll never forget when he told me that he knew that I ""would make many novel discoveries in the future."" Sometimes when I lack confidence and follow-through, I think back to that comment. Then, I'm filled with determination. ""
-Cole S., Education Coordinator