It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!
Having amazing teachers all throughout my K-12 (and college!) years is what led me to want to become an educator myself. I was a very good student (mostly because I was SO shy), but my teachers always encouraged and challenged me to break out of my shell and find my voice. Some of my favorite and most influential teachers that I still remember to this day were teachers like Ms. Dickerson in 1st grade, Ms. Valdes in 3rd grade, Mr. Lemery in 5th grade, Ms. Rude in 6th grade, Ms. Kalbas in 7th grade (best science teacher ever!), and Ms. Phillips and Ms. Palios (now Mrs. Xenick), in high school and Ms. Walker, who was one of my mentors when I first began teaching.
Now, as I finish my 12th year of teaching, I can’t help but think of all of these great teachers that inspired me then, and inspire me now to make a difference in the lives of my students. Teaching is one of the hardest jobs on the planet. We work tirelessly to motivate, challenge, enlighten, and guide hundreds upon thousands of students during our careers. There are days where I think I can’t continue this job. Where I leave school frustrated and defeated. But those days are few and far between, as not only is it one of the most stressful jobs in the world, but also one of the most rewarding.
This week, take a moment to thank a teacher in your life. Whether it’s a teacher from your past, a family member or friend who’s an educator, or your child’s own teacher, make sure to tell them how much you appreciate them, and how their efforts don’t go unnoticed.
Here are some regional (and local!) discounts available to teachers in honor of all they (we) do! Don’t forget to bring your ID or a pay stub! Do you know of any I can add to the list? Comment below and fill us in!
Chipotle is offering buy-one-get-one free burrito, tacos, salads or burrito bowls from 4pm- closing on Tuesday.
Chick-Fil-A is offering 1 free classic chicken sandwich all day on Tuesday.
Evos is offering both teachers AND nurses (it’s nurses appreciation week this week as well!) a free meal on Tuesday.
MOSI is offering Tampa Bay area school employees a free 1-year membership,
PDQ is offering a free three-piece tender, sandwich, or salad combo meal on Tuesday at participating locations.
Ideal Massage & Spa in Wesley Chapel is offering free 30-minute massages for teachers May 5-May 11.
The Florida Aquarium is offering free instructor passes all year long with a valid ID and pay stub.
The Mote Aquarium in Sarasota is offering free instructor passes all year long with a valid ID and pay stub.
Sea World is offering Florida educators a free 1-year study pass with a valid ID and pay stub.
Kennedy Space Center is offering free Florida instructor passes all year long with a valid ID and pay stub.
Legoland Florida is offering Florida teachers an entire year of free admission with the pass to both Legoland and Legoland Water Park. Bring your most recent pay stub, Florida photo ID and teaching certificate to receive your pass.
And… one last freebie… FROM ME!
This year some colleagues and I did a book study on an AMAZING book titled Learn To Love Teaching Again: Tips and Tools for Every Educator. This book is life-changing! Whether you’re a beginning teacher or a veteran, this book is filled with ideas and advice you can implement right away! It would be the perfect resource to start the 2014-2015 school year off on the right foot. It would also make an excellent gift for the teacher in your life!
To enter for a chance to win, leave me a comment below sharing your favorite teacher freebie/discount, OR a short blurb about your favorite teacher from your childhood.
I’ll choose a winner on Sunday, May 11th and ship the book from Amazon.com straight to your doorstep to a random comment.
Disclosure: Prizes provided by Orangespoken. Not affiliated with Amazon.com. Prizes cannot be exchanged for another Amazon product, or monetary value.