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The daily struggle of lesson plans and lunch breaks can make it easy to forget how much power we truly have as teachers.

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Inspirational thank you letters to teachers to show appreciation

Keeping order in classrooms full of thriving young people doesn’t leave much time to truly reflect on our impact on their minds beyond the knowledge we’re trying to impart.

It’s often not what we teach in the classrooms, but in our interactions with students, we can accomplish the most. A brief conversation, compliment, or smile after class can mean a lot to a student. These moments can stay with young people and shape their lives long after we have moved on to the next pupil or the next class.

Thank you letters to teachers to show appreciation

Here’s sincere gratitude to teachers, those who guide us through some of the most chaotic times of our lives. We want to remind you how much of an impact you can have, not just on each student you teach, but as a professional and a community long after classes.

Examples of thank you letters to teachers

Enjoy this collection of thank you notes from students to teachers who went on to improve the course of their lives.

Dear Sir,

When we first met in your English class, I thought I would hate you forever. I hated how you made sure I was wearing my school uniform correctly and how you told me to stand up straight before answering a question in class. I wondered what clothes or posture had to do with language arts. Well, the dignity and discipline you instilled in me through what I thought was nitpicking about clothing, posture, and grammar helped turn me into the successful individual I am today.

What I really couldn’t stand were your high expectations. You wouldn’t accept anything unless it were the best we could do or the best you thought we could do — and sometimes that was more than I thought I could do. At the very least, what you thought was my best was usually more work than I wanted to do — not just for class, but for anything I did.

We argued so many times, especially at the beginning of the year. I can’t remember how often you kept me in during lunch. I thought it was a punishment, but now I realize you were making sure I had time to cool down when things got particularly heated. I would raise my voice and burst into tears, and I know I even made threats a few times. But you didn’t lose your temper, and you might have been the only adult in my life who never did.

You listened to me, no matter how loud I got, because you knew I needed to be heard. You were patient with me, even if I didn’t care. And you gave me second chances no matter how many times I screwed up.

When I think about your English class today, I may not remember what you taught us about Beowulf, but I do remember what you taught me about myself. What I can now recognize as your faith in my abilities showed me my true value beyond what I or anyone else believed. You showed me that I could be whatever I wanted, which was the most important lesson I’ve ever learned.

Thank you.

— A student.

To my teacher:

Looking back on my life, I know it would have been drastically different if I hadn’t gotten you as my science teacher in grade 7. I hope it wouldn’t have been bad, but I know how much I could have missed out on, and I’m eternally grateful I didn’t. You opened my eyes to what I could accomplish and become in ways that I would never have thought possible without you. I was a kid from a small town, and it was all I knew. I could have been contented with that, but you made me want to see what lay beyond the fields I knew, and for that, I am forever grateful.

I don’t remember what the lesson was about. Maybe it was meant to be about technology, space exploration, or the environment, but it didn’t end up that way. You told us about what the future had looked like when you were our age, about your hopes and dreams for what humanity could become and what you could have been. You talked to us about what you’d accomplished and what you regretted. I still remember what you told us about your life and how you’d gotten there. Nobody had shown us how to connect the dots before, from a wide-eyed kid to someone who could make a difference. That’s when I realized how much was possible.

I had so many dreams, and I don’t think I could have accomplished any of them without your example. You changed the way I thought about life and learning. I know I can do anything with enough dedication and hard work.

Thank you,

Nick (Graduated)

My former teacher,

I’m writing to you as a former student and a friend. Too often, we climb through life without a look back to express our connection with others and our gratitude for their presence in our lives. You engage, inspire, and empower your students daily, and I wanted you to know that we notice how much you care.

You don’t just try to figure out how to get information into their heads. You care about your students as people. Your class was always an environment where I was eager to express myself! You made me feel like you cared about what I had to say and valued my strengths and unique abilities instead of just focusing on how you could erase my weaknesses. You were excited to hear what I had to say, and I loved it when you said you learned something new from me or you’d tell me I asked a question that made you think.

Thank you for your time, your patience, and your realness. Thank you for encouraging me, supporting me, and caring about me. Thank you for seeing me as a partner in education, as someone who can teach others and learn. Thank you for inspiring me to learn and to help others the way you have.

With gratitude,

Your friend (Graduated)