Karen Vaught, a language arts and ESOL (English as a Second Language) teacher at GIVE Center West in Gwinnett County, was named the 2019-20 Georgia Alternative Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Association of Alternative Education.
Photo: Gwinnett County Public Schools
Photo: Gwinnett County Public Schools

Honor your teacher on Future Teachers of America Day, Nov. 20

Here’s how you can inspire a new generation of educators

No question about it, teaching is hard work. So, take a moment to honor those engaged in this honorable profession on Future Teachers of America Day, which is Wednesday, Nov. 20. 

Here are a few ideas from NationalToday:

  • Give a gift certificate for office supplies or a local coffee or bagel place.  
  • Write a thank-you note. Let them know how much you appreciate them taking on the awesome task of educating children and shaping tomorrow’s citizens. And attach that same note to a box of doughnuts or a bag of candy and leave it in the teachers lounge. 
  • Play school. Give your children some paper and colored pencils and let them be in charge of you, giving assignments and homework. Not only will they get great pleasure out of telling their parents what to do but they also may just inspired to become a teacher. 

The nation continues to experience teacher shortages. According to recent polls, only 4.2% of college freshmen enrolled in four-year institutions in 2016 are majoring in education.

American children spend more than 1,000 hours of each year in school.

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