Appreciation for Teachers
By Stacy DeBroff
a short countdown to summer and the end of the school year, it's
time to invest some thought as to how best to recognize a teacher
who has gone the distance for your child over the course of the
school year. Small tokens of thanks mean a great deal, and if they're
homemade by your child and you, even better. Some tips to help you
express gratitude for nurturing your child in an important year
Have, or help, your child make a card.
~ Bake something delicious with your child, attach the recipe if
a special one, and make the pretty plate it comes on part of the
~ A bookmark, ornament, or other craft item created by your child
~ A book for your school's library, dedicated to your child's teacher.
If possible, choose a book in an area about which the teacher is
~ Small luxuries, like candles, bath salts, soaps, and stationery
~ A photo album, scrap book, or picture frame
~ Items the teacher can use to decorate her classroom, including
posters and assorted markers.
For a truly fabulous teacher, write a letter to the principal and
school committee with a couple of specific examples to illustrate
the teacher in action. Make a copy for the teacher. So often, all
that reaches supervisors' ears from classroom parents is concerns,
grievances, and complaints. Nothing is more powerful than concrete
positive feedback written in a letter. Like the letters of recommendation
we all still cling to from college, make your letter part of the
teacher's scrapbook for a career fully realized.
Stacy DeBroff is President and founder of Mom Central, Inc., a company
devoted to providing pragmatic tips and advice to strengthen busy
families and enhance the home environment. She is the author of
several best-selling books on household and family organization
including The Mom Book: 4,278 Tips for Moms; Sign Me Up! The Parents
Complete Guide to Sports, Activities, and Extracurriculars; and
Mom Central: The Ultimate Family Organizer. For more information,