By Abby Schottenfels, Special Assistant to the Chief Education Officer

The first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week. This takes place every year to celebrate hard-working, caring, and dedicated teachers around the country. 

In Philadelphia, we have a lot to celebrate! We are proud of all our teachers and their steadfast commitment to bettering the lives of young people. 

Here are just a few of our hometown teaching heroes and great initiatives that support their profession:

Teachers are vital to the success of our schools and our students. Research shows that teacher-student relationships are one of the biggest components in positive student outcomes in schools.   

We all know outstanding teachers who support the children in our lives. This week we hope you will take a moment to honor the teachers you know.  Whether it is a thoughtful letter, a gift card to a coffee shop, tickets to Teacher Appreciation Night at Citizens Bank Park, or just saying “thank you for all you do,” let’s show Philadelphia teachers how grateful we all are.