Thank a Teacher Week

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Timed to coincide with national Teacher Appreciation Week, this event invites everyone to reflect on their most influential teachers, express their appreciation, and collectively recognize the excellence in teaching that exemplifies the University of Maryland.

Mark Your Calendars

Thank a Teacher Week 2018 is May 7-11.

Get Involved

Tremendous support from our 25 campus and community partners made the first-ever Thank a Teacher Week a great success, and we are already planning even bigger things for 2018. Join us in saying thank you to the teachers that make the difference. See how you can help.

Please email with any questions or ideas of how you can help us say thank you.

Highlights from 2017

  • 3,400+ postcard and virtual Thank-a-Grams for instructors from students

  • Ice cream giveaways, including samples of our custom flavor “My Favorite Assign-Mint”

  • Reception for 144 instructors, teaching assistants, and peer mentors that received a teaching-related award or distinction

  • Selfie contest for students

  • Free screening of “Dead Poets Society” with prize drawings

  • Teacher’s Night at the Terp baseball game

Thank-A-Gram postcards waiting to be filled out Cup of "My Favorite Assign-Mint" ice cream in a classroom A selfie contest winner

It's Good for You!

Sure, saying "thank you" can make someone else feel great, but did you know that it's also good for you?  Researchers have found that expressing gratitude improves your mood, reduces stress, and even reduces the chances of getting sick (Sheldon & Lyubomirsky, 2006; Emmons & Stern, 2013).  Sounds like a Thank-a-Gram is just what the doctor ordered.