Teacher appreciation prayers

This teacher appreciation prayer can be used throughout the school year as a personal prayer or as a group prayer to show our thanks and appreciation to teachers for their service to our families and our communities.

This teacher appreciation prayer can also be used on special occasions when teachers are recognized, such as National Teacher Appreciation Week which is held during the first full week of May in the U.S or on World Teacher’s Day which is celebrated on October 5 around the world.

Teacher Appreciation Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you today for all of our teachers and educators who have dedicated their lives to educating our children, youth and adults. We thank you for the ways they have inspired us, motivated us, challenged us and guided us into greater knowledge.

Along with instructing us in academic subjects, we thank you how our teachers have equipped us with the tools we need to be able to grow and achieve. In their classrooms we have learned how to communicate well, how to cooperate and work with each other and how to use organized approaches to reach complex goals, achieve levels of excellence and follow our dreams.

We thank you God that our teachers help us learn to live productively within our communities and in our world.

We pray especially that you will bless our teachers with your help and grace. Fill them daily with encouragement by showing them specific ways that their teaching efforts are making a difference in their students’ lives and in the world.

Keep their classrooms safe from all threat of harm.

Give them the resources and teaching tools they need to do their jobs well.

Guard their time from the interference of unnecessary administrative duties and from highly demanding schedules.

Grant them manageable class sizes and pleasant atmospheres in which to work.

Give our teachers the wisdom, training and staff support they need to deal with students with learning disabilities, learning differences, health problems, handicaps, behavior problems and difficult home lives.

Give them the grace to discipline students fairly and effectively.

Keep our teachers aware of behavioral and emotional changes in their students. Enable them to start conversations and direct their students toward helpful resources about personal problems such as difficult home lives, depression, abuse, low self esteem, bullying and drug use.

Grant supportive parents and communities to all of our teachers. Keep the communication lines open between teachers and parents. Help parents listen well and not push the teacher to make exceptions to the rules for their child. May our teachers be blessed with parents and

community members who volunteer often in the classroom making it easier for teachers to concentrate on teaching.
Provide times of rest and renewal for our teachers. Bless their health, their home lives and their spirits. Provide for their financial and emotional needs. Nurture their faith. Protect their health. Prosper their work.

Help our teachers know today and every day how much we appreciate their dedication to educating and equipping us with the knowledge and skills we need to succeed in life.

We pray these things in the name and spirit of Jesus, the Good Teacher. Amen.

About this teacher appreciation prayer

As Christians, it’s important that we lift up our teachers in prayer often. We don’t have look any farther than newspaper headlines to know that in today’s environment teachers face a complex set of modern challenges including violence in schools, social media attacks, teen suicide and drug abuse. They also face the same personal issues we all do including the modern dilemma of work/life balance and handling stress. Added to the mix are the strict guidelines separating a teacher’s personal religious expression and practice from their work in the classroom.
The truth is, teaching has always been one of the pillars of faith and religion. We were created to learn from each other and this capacity is vital to both our physical and spiritual lives. The Bible counts the teaching of spiritual truth and knowledge as one of the Gifts of the Spirit. (see Ephesians 4:11-13)
When people addressed Jesus in the Bible, the majority of the time they called him Teacher because of his strong ability to impart divine knowledge to all. It wasn’t unusual for crowds of 5,000 or more to gather to hear Jesus teach.
Jesus was also addressed as “Good Teacher” not only making reference to the knowledge he imparted to people, but also his strong desire to connect to people on a personal level and to show them God’s love and concern for them. There is no greater role model for the noble profession of teaching than teachers who love both learning and love and care about the wellbeing of their students.
May we pray that God’s love shine through our teachers.

Teacher appreciation scriptures

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge. Proverbs 23:12

Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. Galatians 6:6

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You may not think so, but we are all teachers at some period in our lives. As parents and guardians, we have the responsibility to teach in our homes.  As Christians, we all have a responsibility to teach what is right according to the Word of God.  A Christian Bible teacher has the responsibility to impart into believer’s scriptural truth.  As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day 2018, we can reflect on Charles Kuralt’s view point, in that “good teachers know how to bring out the best in students”.  Therefore, “Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew…” (Deuteronomy 32:2).

This article is intended to explore the history of Teacher appreciation day in the USA, the importance of this day and why it is celebrated.

History of Teacher Appreciation Day

Teacher Appreciation Day stems from Mattye Whyte Woodridge who originated from Arkansas USA.  Wooldridge began to dialogue with educational leaders regarding the need for a national day to celebrate teachers. Through Woodridge’s persistence, she had written to Eleanor Roosevelt, who was an American political figure.  It was in 1953 that Roosevelt influenced the 81st Parliament to decree a National Teacher Day, that would actively celebrate and appreciate teachers across the nation.

As such the National Education Association (NEA) and the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) implemented Teacher Appreciation week in 1985 to take place during the first full week of May. The NEA voted for Tuesday of the full week to become National Teacher Day.  Subsequently, the Tuesday of this full week is observed as the National Teacher Day in the USA.

The Importance of This Day

Teacher Appreciation Day 2018 takes place on Tuesday 8th May and is an important day within America to enable our communities and nations to reflect on the contributions and efforts teachers make to the progress and achievement of children.  It is a day where we purposefully honour and give recognition to our nation’s educators for the difference they make inside and outside of a school context.

This day is important because as a nation we can join in unity to repay the greater gratitude and appreciation that is due.  This day is important because teachers demonstrate a level of integrity to those who they teach; “to those with integrity, you show integrity” (Psalm 18:25).  Teacher Appreciation Day 2018 is important because it is through the act and role of teachers and the schools in which they serve, children can learn and understand the pledge of allegiance. It is the teachers that teach the “formal promise of loyalty to the United States that groups of people say together”, thus demonstrating unity of a nation; “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity” (Psalm 133:1).

This day is a day of celebrating ‘inspiration’.  Many of our teachers and educators across the country have looked for creative and imaginative ways to ignite that light within their student’s year after year. So, we celebrate and give thanks for Teacher Appreciation Day 2018 where we can thank teachers for their hard work and commitment, making the future of those they teach much brighter.

Why Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day 2018

The reason we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day 2018 is because from research only approximately 29% of teachers agreed with the statement that “In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work”.  Proverbs 3:27 declares “do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it”.  Therefore, Teacher Appreciation Day 2018 will enable us to give recognition and reflect on how we really feel about those teachers who have changed, touched and transformed the lives of others.

Giving recognition to teachers has a direct impact on the key performance indicators that are used to measure the progress of schools.  Therefore, by celebrating our teachers, they are likely to:

  • become more productive
  • remain at the school, thus reducing high levels of staff turnover
  • receive continuous satisfaction comments from both students, parents and other stakeholders
  • be focused and engaged at work.

We celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day 2018 because everyone in all walks of life at some point wants to be recognised for the things they do. It is important therefore that we treat others how we want to be treated; “do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31).

We celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day 2018 and do so each year, because there is no requirement for any financial investment but rather the repetition of three simple words; “we appreciate you”.  Therefore, teachers must be appreciated individually and frequently.

Let Us Pray for Our Teachers

Father, we thank you for all our teachers across this country and further afield. We thank you for their creativity, work ethic, commitment, drive and passion to those who they educate. We thank you for the lives they have changed and transformed. Father, on this Teacher Appreciation Day 2018, bless those teachers who have contributed to the lives of others, inspiring them to become doctors, nurses, solicitors and educators. Let this day be a day of appreciation, honour, respect and recognition to those whom it is due; our teachers, the ones who see the best in the life of others and strives to make something beautiful out of it through education and creativity.  Amen.

Also read: TEACHER PRAYER – How to pray words of encouragement


Teachers make a lasting difference for generations to come. Most likely, you’re able to look back with fondness for a particular teacher who encouraged you to dream big or helped you hone a specific skill. Perhaps your favorite teacher gently supported you as you struggled to grasp a certain concept and then cheered wildly for you when it finally ‘clicked.’

In many ways, teachers are a bright light, a friendly face, and a gentle guide. Day in and day out, they teach and mold the hearts and minds of our loved ones. The very least we can do is offer our support, respect, and prayers that they would remain strong in the Lord.

As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8 – 12), let’s take a moment to lift up our kids’ teachers, grandchild’s teacher, our algebra-teaching sister, or even the neighbor next door who coaches the high school soccer team. Will you bow your head and join me in prayer?

A Prayer for Teachers

Dear God,

Grant our teachers an abundance of Your wisdom. Prepare their hearts to welcome and love our loved ones, and may we make sure to show them love and respect in return. Give them grace as they help students who aren’t thriving, courage to say what needs to be said, tools and knowledge on how and when to speak love, and strength when they feel weak. When they feel unseen, remind them that no moment goes unnoticed. They are shaping the future in one million small – yet incredibly important – ways every day. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of learning they share with our children. Bless them, Lord, and may they see even just a glimpse of how their faithfulness will forever impact generations to come.Amen.

A Teacher’s Prayer

Help me to be a fine teacher, to keep peace in the classroom, peace between my students and myself, to be kind and gentle to each and every one of my students. Help me to be merciful to my students, to balance mercy and discipline in the right measure for each student, to give genuine praise as much as possible, to give constructive criticism in a manner that is palatable to my students. Help me to remain conscientious enough to keep my lessons always interesting, to recognize what motivates each of my students, to accept my students’ limitations and not hold it against them. Help me not to judge my students too harshly, to be fair to all, to be a good role model, but most of all Lord help me to show your love to all of my students.

Amen. (written by Olga de Juana)

If you are a teacher, hold onto 1 Corinthians 15:58 and James 1:5.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 CSB

Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him. James 1:5 CSB

If you are a student, make it your aim to never lose sight of Proverbs 4:13.

Hold on to instruction; don’t let go. Guard it, for it is your life. Proverbs 4:13 CSB

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Teacher poems are an excellent way of voicing your thanks and appreciation to a special teacher who has helped you through the past few months at school.

“One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world” ~ Malala Yousafzai

“The best teachers are those that show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see” ~ Alexandra K. Trenfor

The teacher can open the door, but you must enter by yourself ~ Chinese Proverb

Your best teacher is your last mistake ~ Zig Ziglar

God Made Teachers

God understood our thirst for knowledge,
and our need to be led by someone wiser;
He needed a heart of compassion,
of encouragement, and patience;
Someone who would accept the challenge
regardless of the opposition;
Someone who could see potential
and believe in the best in others …
So He made Teachers

~ Author Unknown

Poem About Teachers

I’m So Much More Than Just A Teacher

I am a counselor and psychologist to a problem-filled child,
I am a police officer that controls a child gone wild.
I am a travel agent scheduling our trips for the year,
I am a confidante that wipes a crying child’s tear.
I am a banker collecting money for a ton of different things,
I am a librarian showing adventures that a storybook brings.
I am a custodian that has to clean certain messes,
I am a psychic that learns to know all that everybody only guesses.
I am a photographer keeping pictures of a child’s yearly growth,
When mother and father are gone for the day, I become both.
I am a doctor that detects when a child is feeling sick,
I am a politician that must know the laws and recognize a trick.
I am party planner for holidays to celebrate with all,
I am a decorator of a room, filling every wall.
I am a news reporter updating our nation’s current events,
I am a detective solving small mysteries and ending all suspense.
I am a clown and comedian that makes the children laugh,
I am a dietitian assuring they have lunch or from mine I give them half.
When we seem to stray from our values, I become a preacher,
But I’m proud to have to be these people because…
I’m proud to say, “I am a teacher.”

~ Stacy Bonino

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Teaching Is…

A commitment to instill knowledge
in the minds and hearts of all students.
It is so much more than just a job.
It requires a love of humanity,
A belief in the human spirit,
a dedication to excellence,
and a resolve to make a difference
in the lives of others.
It is the foundation upon which
all forms of progress are based.
Those who are destined to teach,
spend their lifetimes investing
in the dreams of their students,
and in so doing, their own dream
invariably comes true.
To enlighten, to awaken, to inspire
all of those, whose lives they touch…
this is their dream!

Teacher’s Rainbow teacher appreciation prayers

God says that unto each of us are gifts He has bestowed.
These gifts He’s chosen carefully are treasures that we hold.

Each one has its own color like a rainbow to be viewed.

A teacher’s gifts are plenty and her rainbow many hued.

Red of course is love for each child she comes to know.

For the way she understands them, and watches as they grow.

Pink the color of patience, which is needed everyday.

For question after question which learning minds convey.

Orange is for creative and enthusiastic students.

For making each task fun, yet learning while they do it.

Yellow is for the joy of knowing a teaching hand

Has helped a child who’s struggled to finally understand.

Purple is for wisdom that is earned through many years.

Through laughter of the children intermingled with their tears.

Black is for the fears of the trials they’ve got to face.

For strength now planted in them, to face each test with grace.

Green the color for growing in spirit and in mind

Both the teacher and the student forever are entwined.

~ Carla Ekman

Teacher Appreciation Poems

Number One Teacher

I’m happy that you’re my teacher;
I enjoy each lesson you teach.
As my role model you inspire me
To dream and to work and to reach.

With your kindness you get my attention;

Every day you are planting a seed
Of curiosity and motivation
To know and to grow and succeed.

You help me fulfill my potential;

I’m thankful for all that you’ve done.
I admire you each day, and I just want to say,
As a teacher, you’re number one!

~ Joanna Fuchs

Teacher Appreciation

With a special gift for learning
And with a heart that deeply cares,
You add a lot of love
To everything you share,
And even though you mean a lot,
You’ll never know how much,
For you helped to change the world
Through every life you touched.
You sparked the creativity
In the students whom you taught,
And helped them strive for goals
That could not be bought,
You are such a special teacher
That no words can truly tell
However much you’re valued
For the work you do so well.
Thank you so much for being
So very nice, kind and good;
I like you so much, (Miss Giles)
I’d stay here if I could
I always loved your class;
Your teaching helped me see,
That to have a full and happy life,
Learning is the key.

~ Anonymous

Appreciation Poem for a Teacher

Favorite Teacher

Thank you, favorite teacher
For acting like a friend

and taking time to show me,

lessons hard to comprehend.

Thank you for your caring

and lots of other stuff;

For all the things you did,

I can’t thank you enough.

Thank You Teacher

I thank you for your helping hand
for your warm and tender heart
and for the opportunity
to make a brand new start

I hold fast to tomorrow

and treasure each passing day
never taking for granted
that which can be taken away

I have learned to count my blessings

never dwelling on the past
and to build a brighter future
with the knowledge from your class

You taught me to be confident

I could do it if I tried
and taught me to have courage
to take everything in stride

You’re such a wonderful teacher

for all it is plain to see
I just wanted to let you know
how much you have meant to me

~ Angela DeMelo

Thank You for Being a Teacher

Thank you for being a teacher
Who really, truly cares.
For loving each child so dearly,
And for keeping them in your prayers.

Thank you for being a teacher

Who helps show children the way.
For wiping their tears, and giving them cheers,
And teaching them how to pray.

Thank you for being a teacher

Who always does your part,
To teach children about our Saviour
And how he can live in their heart.

Thank you for being a teacher

Who tells each child you’re glad they came.
And even though they are not perfect
You love them just the same.

Thank you for being a teacher

And everyday I hope you know,
That God has called you to this ministry
And His children you are helping to grow


You’re the heart of every classroom
The soul of every school
The mind behind the message
That learning is cool.
Your patience and understanding
Cannot be undersold,
Your courage and commitment
Is that of legends told.
Each day you teach our children
Is a day to rejoice,
Because of you our children
Will have their own voice.
So thank you dear teacher
For passing knowledge
Through the years.
You thought you were merely teaching,
When you were eliminating fears.
Thank You.

Teacher Appreciation Poem: Shining Star

We’d like to thank you for all that you’ve done.
For the time you’ve invested in our daughters and sons.
For the places you’ve taken them, and you’ve taken them far!
For leading and guiding them, to their North Star!
For your timeless energy that never seems to tire.
For that special talent you possess to inspire!
For making your students the best they can be.
For trying to teach them all to see;
how far they can fly and how high they can soar.
For making them all crave to learn more!
You’ve challenged their minds, their hearts and souls.
You’ve taught them it’s possible to reach for their goals.
And as they journey through life near and far,
We will always remember their SHINING STAR!

~ Debbie Klier

You might like to use the following poems, together with a personal note of thanks,
for being such a special teacher in you or your child’s life:-

Teacher Poem – Children Learn What They Live

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

~ Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

You can read more about how this was written and how it has inspired royalty here

Poems About Teachers

Why God Created Teachers

When God created teachers,

He gave us special friends
To help us understand His world
And truly comprehend
The beauty and the wonder
Of everything we see,
And become a better person
With each discovery.

When God created teachers,

He gave us special guides
To show us ways in which to grow
So we can all decide
How to live and how to do
What’s right instead of wrong,
To lead us so that we can lead
And learn how to be strong.

Why God created teachers,

In His wisdom and His grace,
Was to help us learn to make our world
A better, wiser place.

Author unknown

Teacher Poem

Whose Child Is This?

“Whose child is this?” I asked one day

Seeing a little one out at play
“Mine”, said the parent with a tender smile
“Mine to keep a little while
To bathe his hands and comb his hair
To tell him what he is to wear
To prepare him that he may always be good
And each day do the things he should”

“Whose child is this?” I asked again

As the door opened and someone came in
“Mine”, said the teacher with the same tender smile
“Mine, to keep just for a little while
To teach him how to be gentle and kind
To train and direct his dear little mind
To help him live by every rule
And get the best he can from school”

“Whose child is this?” I ask once more

Just as the little one entered the door
“Ours” said the parent and the teacher as they smiled
And each took the hand of the little child
“Ours to love and train together
Ours this blessed task forever.”

Poem from a Teacher

I’m glad I was your teacher
I’ve come to love you so
I can’t believe the end is here
I hate to see you go!
Remember all the fun we had
In all the things we did
But most of all remember…
You’re a very special kid!

Favorite Teacher Poem

Thank you, favorite teacher
For acting like a friend
And taking time to show me,
Lessons hard to comprehend.
Thank you for your caring
And lots of other stuff,
For all the things you gave me,
I can’t thank you enough.

Toast to Teachers

There’s a lesson that awaits us when we get to where we’re going
Having walked the road we’re walking and to know the things we’re knowing
For amongst the gems uncovered, there is one that always features
We would not stand where we’re standing, if it wasn’t for our teachers
For every talent nurtured, every journey granted wings
Every step that takes us forward to the height of greater things
Every measure of success that marks the happiness we’ve earnt
It all stems back to resonate with something that we’ve learnt

When the medal is awarded or the pinnacle achieved

When the victory under pressure is supremely self-believed
In the rear vision mirror of that celebrating creature
Lies the hidden inspiration of at least one treasured teacher
And the modest grass roots hero at the coalface of success?
No accolade, no spotlight, but the win means nothing less
For in any proud accomplishment where expertise is cast
There is bound to be the whisper of a mentor from the past

And though much of life’s forgotten as the fire place is embered

To recollect those classroom days, the good ones are remembered
From the blaze of brilliant blackboards to philosophies of sport
The fingerprints of wisdom that were passionately taught
Are engraved upon our psyche like a strand of DNA
Like an aura of encouragement that opened up the way
The moulding of a mantra in the casting of a spell
The knowledge and the power and the discipline as well!

And it rides with you forever as the boldest dreams are fed

As a comfortable companion on the path that lies ahead
To the blue of the horizon! To the river of our reaching!
With a true appreciation for the fruits of better teaching
For the gold of greater coaching on and off the field of battle
That reflects a value higher than the glint of charm or chattel
Yes the hour has ascended for the flock to praise its preacher
In a humble, heartfelt way that just says ‘thank you’ to its teacher

It’s amazing, when you think of it, how much we’ve come to know

What’s even more amazing is how far we’ve got to go
Then another gem uncovers as the realisation features
That the tide of life has shifted when the taught become the teachers!
Yes the mighty circle turns again as self belief is burnt
In the next brigade of dreamers through the gift of lessons learnt
And the future beckons brighter as, I guess, it always will…
So long as there’s a teacher to accommodate the thrill

And the hour has ascended for the flock to praise its preacher

In a humble, heartfelt way that just says ‘thank you’ to its teacher

~ Rupert McCall


Paint their minds
and guide their thoughts
Share their achievements
and advise their faults

Inspire a Love

of knowledge and truth
As you light the path
Which leads to our youth

For our future brightens

with each lesson you teach
Each smile you lengthen
Each goal you help reach

for the dawn of each poet

each philosopher and king
Begins with a teacher
And the wisdom they bring.

~ Kevin William Huff

A Teacher for All Seasons

A teacher is like Spring,
Who nurtures new green sprouts,
Encourages and leads them,
Whenever they have doubts.

A teacher is like Summer,

Whose sunny temperament
Makes studying a pleasure,
Preventing discontent.

A teacher is like Fall,

With methods crisp and clear,
Lessons of bright colors
And a happy atmosphere.

A teacher is like Winter,

While it’s snowing hard outside,
Keeping students comfortable,
As a warm and helpful guide.

Teacher, you do all these things,

With a pleasant attitude;
You’re a teacher for all seasons,
And you have my gratitude!

~ Anonymous

Teacher’s Prayer

I want to teach my students how
To live life on earth –
To face its struggles and its strife
And how to improve their worth –
Not just the lessons in a book
Or how the river flows –
But how to choose the proper path
Wherever they may go –
To understand eternal truth
And know right from wrong –
And gather all the beauty of
A flower and a song.
For if I help the world to grow
In wisdom and in grace,
Then I shall feel that I have won
And I have filled my place.
And so I ask your guidance, God,
That I may do my part,
For character and confidence
And happiness of heart.

~ James J. Metcalf

A Teacher’s Poem

Every day you greet your students with a smile upon your face.
Though paperwork the night before seemed like a gruelling race.

Money’s not your motivation, it’s the love for what you do.

You hear that special calling to which you always stay true.

Your students are your dedication, devotion is to them.

To you each child’s unique and special, a beautiful little gem.

Some days are just demanding and frustration takes its course.

Then you see those little faces, their inspiration is your force.

Each day you’re in your classroom reminds you why you’re there.

Making differences in children’s lives with whom your heart you share.

There’s a special pride in teachers, and a love for what you do.

And appreciation’s always shared between those little lives and you!


It takes a special person
To teach a child in class
To just keep his attention
In a world that moves so fast

To show a child he is unique

With talents deep inside
To help to build his confidence
So he can beam with pride

To show a little patience

For a child who’s lost his way
To a child who feels abandoned
Who has seen better days

To inspire and to motivate

So a child can learn and grow
To go into this big wide world
That has its highs and lows

You are a special person

You always give your best
And for every child that has your class
Their life is truly blessed

Teacher Appreciation Poem

Although you’re not their mother,
you care for them each day.

You cuddle, sing, and read to them,

and watch them as they play.

You see each new accomplishment,

you help them grow and learn,

You understand their language,

and you listen with concern.

They come to you for comfort,

and you kiss away their tears.

They proudly show their work to you,

you give the loudest cheers!

No, you are not their mothers,

but your role is just as strong.

You nurture them and keep them safe,

though maybe not for long.

You know someday the time may come,

when you will have to part,

But you know each child you cared for

is forever in your heart!!

and this poem comes from a teacher’s perspective …

One Hundred Years From Now

One hundred years from now
It will not matter
what car I drove,
what kind of house I lived in,
how much money was in my bank account
nor what my clothes looked like.
But the world may be a better place because
I was important in the life of a child

~ Excerpt from “Within My Power” by Forest Witcraft

A Teacher

  1. A provider of knowledge and insight.
  2. A mentor.
  3. One who inspires, motivates and opens up minds to the endless possibilities of which one can achieve.
  4. One who makes a positive difference in the lives of many.
  5. One who is admired, appreciated and held in the highest esteem.

And on the funny side…

Twas The Night Before School

Twas the night before school started
when all through the town,
the teachers were groaning…
a disturbing sound!
By 10 they were washed and tucked up in bed,
where memories of children filled them with dread!
New pencils, new folders new registers too!
New classes, new grey hairs their anxiety grew.
The parents just giggled when they learned of this fright,
“you’ve had 6 weeks off. They’re all yours, tough shite!!

You can find additional poems for teachers if you click on the following links:-
Poems for Teachers and Songs and Poems for Teachers

Quotes from Teachers

A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart. ~ Magic Johnson

All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them. ~ Magic Johnson

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. ~ Samuel Beckett

Go for the moon. If you don’t get it, you’ll still be heading for a star. ~ Willis Reed

A child is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lit. ~ Hebrew Proverb

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ~ William Arthur Ward

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. ~ Robert Bridges

Sometimes just a smile on our face can help to make this world a better place.
Stand up for the things that are right. Try to talk things out instead of fight.
Lend a hand when you can. You can help to make a difference … ~ Robert Alan

A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.

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