It’s hard to be a teacher nowadays, but it’s also a great joy to spend quality time with kids of all ages.
If you have a teacher in your child’s life who has made a meaningful impact on their education, self confidence, and day-to-day happiness, please don’t miss the opportunity to send a heartfelt thank you note. It will carry greater impact than any gift (although those are lovely, too).
These thank you card for teacher ideas should help you write an encouraging note that will lift her spirits.
Teachers often feel that no one notices their contributions because the career can feel pretty heavy at times. All it takes is a bit of encouragement along the way to keep them persevering in the face of many challenges.
PS – If this isn’t quite what you need, check out my post with 65 compliments to give a teacher.
Thank You Note Ideas for Teachers from Parents
Below are 50 different messages you might include in your teacher’s thank you card.
From Parents of Daycare and Preschool Students
If you’ve got tiny people in your care, you’ve got a big job. Here are some ways to thank a pre-k or daycare teacher.
- Thank you so much for helping my little one become more independent.
- I love all the special art projects; I know you plan them carefully.
- Thank you for loving my child like he’s one of your own.
- My child has grown so much under your care.
- I can’t believe everything my child has learned since he joined your class!
- Thank you so much for potty training my child! Our lives feel so much more manageable since you helped us over that hurdle.
- I really appreciate all the pictures and messages you send.
- I know my child is safe with you, and that’s the most important thing in the world to me.
- Thank you for being so patient with my child.
- You seem to always understand that each child develops at their own pace, but you keep challenging them to learn.
- Your positive energy is one thing that makes you a wonderful teacher.
- Your big heart is evident in your every interaction with the kids.
- There has been a huge difference in my child’s emotional maturity since you became his teacher.
From Parents of Elementary School Students
Elementary school covers such a wide range of development. There’s a big difference between a kindergartener and fifth grader! Still, your child is still little, and their teachers will make a lasting impact to carry them through their whole education.
After all, our smallest students spend all day with their teacher, and on a weekday, they have more hours with their classroom teacher than parents. That’s a pretty important role in a child’s life!
- In our minds, you’re the Teacher of the Year!
- I’ve noticed that you always go the extra mile to help each kid learn and grow.
- You are a great teacher and I wish I could give you a raise!
- Thank you for empowering my child to believe in her own abilities.
- My child used to think she was bad at math, and now she feels confident to tackle any math problem she seems.
- You are a special teacher who has made a huge impact on my child.
- Your kindness and gentleness is like a guiding light for my child.
- Thanks to your strong classroom management, my child is finally showing some progress with behavior at school, and I couldn’t be more grateful! Thank you for working with me.
- This has been a tough year for our family, and we so appreciate the stability and love you have shown our child.
- We think you’re the best teacher ever.
- Thank you for sharing positive comments about my child.
- My child talks about you so often, it feels like you’re part of our family!
- I appreciate your high standards; my child is really challenged this year!
- I love your creativity and thoughtfulness with your classroom.
From Middle School and High School Parents
The middle school and high school years can feel very tender for parents, as you begin to let go of some control and let them develop into their own person. It takes a village to raise a teenager, and a great teacher in any subject area can make all the difference in your student’s confidence and readiness for the world beyond graduation.
- You have been my child’s favorite teacher.
- Thank you for taking the time to get to know my child.
- Thanks to you, my child is finally starting to show some grit and determination.
- I’m so impressed with how seriously you take your classroom environment. Anyone would want to learn here.
- Your communication skills are so appreciated. I know it takes time each week to send that (email/text), but it really helps me feel informed.
- It’s exciting to see my child develop a love for your subject area. I’m seeing her develop real curiosity and dedication to learning.
- Parenting is hard, and it takes a village. Thanks for being a wise person who my child trusts.
- Thanks for being fair, consistent and positive. It’s making a huge difference in my child’s behavior.
- I’m excited to see my child develop some confidence in her abilities, and I know your encouragement has made all the difference!
- Thank you for pushing my child to achieve more and for holding her to a high standard.
- Thanks for your guidance and wisdom. My child listens to you and I’m grateful for your influence!
- There are no right words to thank you for all you’ve done for my kid. She’s on a better path now and you’re a big part of that.
- You’ve had such a positive influence on my child. She considers you a role model!
Parents of Special Needs and Neurodivergent Children
Teachers have a pretty difficult job, and learning to navigate the needs of every kid in the room can be overwhelming. Everyone deserves to learn, but it’s not always easy to guarantee that each kid has the opportunity to grow every day.
Teachers who do a beautiful job of helping neurodivergent learners and friends with special needs deserve an extra pat on the back. Here are some encouraging words to share with your outstanding teacher.
- Thank you for going the extra mile to make sure my child’s medical needs are met. I know you have to remember a lot of small details each day, but I feel safe with (him/her) in your care.
- I can tell that your job is hard work, and I appreciate everything you do.
- Thank you for loving my child even on their hard days. You’re a truly amazing teacher.
- I’m so grateful that you have high expectations for my child and will never give up on him.
- Thanks for appreciating everything unique about my child.
- This past year has been our best year yet, and it’s all because of you.
- You are a really good teacher, and I’ll be forever grateful for the influence you’ve had over my child.
- I just want to express appreciation for your hard work, commitment to the kids, and passion you have for your job.
- You have a special gift, and I’m so glad you’ve put it to use.
- A wonderful teacher affects eternity, because you spark a love for learning that gets passed down through generations. We are so thankful for you.
Tips for Writing a Thank You Note to a Teacher
Writing a thank you note to a teacher shouldn’t cause you any stress. They won’t care if your grammar or punctuation is perfect; they just want to feel seen and appreciated!
Keep it personal.
Remember that the most important thing is to write a personal message rather than something generic. After all, each teacher is unique and has their own special gifts and challenges in the classroom. Try to focus on specific ways your child’s teacher is making a positive influence on your child, or ways in which the teacher has helped you support your child better.
Handwritten is Best
A handwritten note to your child’s teacher is best, but an email is certainly better than nothing! You can also find a printable teacher appreciation card on Etsy, and it can be a fun way to get your child involved.
Choose Your Timing
These notes can come at the end of the school year, during the first full week of May (which is when teacher appreciation day happens), or before winter break.
Also, anytime during October is the perfect time to send an encouraging note, because students begin to really act out and the pressure mounts going into Halloween. Thanksgiving break feels forever away! Sweet messages can be a lifeline for a tired teacher.
To Gift, or Not to Gift?
If you want to include a small gift with your greeting card, you might consider a pack of felt-tip pens in fun colors or a $10 gift card to their preferred fast food or coffee place. Both of these are safe bets, but by no means necessary.
Your child’s teacher will be so grateful for your recognition, so don’t worry about getting everything just perfect. Whether you’ve got young children who can only write their name and draw a heart, or older kids who probably need to write their own card, you can make a difference in a teacher’s life by simply acknowledging their importance in your family’s life.
Sending a simple thank you card is a great way to show you care. Taking the extra time to personalize your message will make your note special.