Teacher Appreciation Week

Thank you, teachers.

Each May, we take a moment to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week by expressing our admiration and gratitude for educators across the country. Teachers bring out the best in all of us. They inspire us to question, to consider, to push and to ponder. They know the most important knowledge isn’t always found in books and that the most valuable lessons last a lifetime. Teachers make the world a better place, one student at a time. We invite you to join us in offering a hearty “thank you” to all teachers, as we celebrate their enduring contributions to our communities.

Celebrate with us!

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Discounts for Teachers

We're not the only ones who love teachers. These retailers offer special teachers-only discounts to show their appreciation for world-changing teachers.

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Nominate a Teacher

Tell the Colorado Department of Education why your favorite teacher deserves to be recognized as the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year.

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Coloring Pages

Download these free coloring pages and have a colorful Teacher Appreciation Week celebration with your class.

What teacher made an impact on your life?

We asked the Regis community to share the name of a teacher who inspired them.

Words of Gratitude

Regis students shared their gratitude for the exceptional Regis educators who have had an impact on their world. 

Dr. Kathleen Whalen

"Dr. Whalen easily connects with her students. Research is the hardest thing in Graduate School but she made our experience simple and easy. She always encouraged us to continue with our academic journey. She would spend countless hours with her students to make sure that they are on the right path."
-Patrick Simon Soria

Fr. Jason Brauninger

"Jason was my first teacher in nursing school and really sparked my passion. He had so many good stories and made it so easy to learn from him. He truly cares about his students becoming good nurses."
-Alyssa Desplinter

Dr. Cheryl Kruschke

"Dr. Kruschke is highly committed to help her students succeed. She makes sure that nobody is left behind. She is readily available to her students for questions. She is an inspiration for future nurse educators."
-Patrick Simon Soria

Zoom Backgrounds to Celebrate with Your Virtual Classroom

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Self-Care for Teachers

Teachers care for their students, their colleagues and their communities, but how can they care for themselves? Read tips from Regis University Division of Education department chair, Elizabeth Grassi, on how teachers can incorporate small mindfulness practices into their daily routines.

Nominate a teacher of the year.

Do you know an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled K-12 teacher? Nominate them for the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year Award, presented by the Colorado Department of Education.
Because of a Teacher

Because of a Teacher:
Stories of the Past to Inspire the Future of Education
by George Couros
What you do matters. You may not hear it often (or ever), but if you're an educator, you're making a difference in the lives of learners. And that impact has a domino effect. In Because of a Teacher, more than fifteen of today's leading educators remember the teachers and administrators who inspired and supported their careers. Through a series of heartfelt and uplifting stories, they reflect on their early years teaching, offering advice and strategies suited to first-year teachers and longtime educators alike.

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Teachers of Color

Teachers of Color:
Resisting Racism and Reclaiming Education
by Rita Kohli
Teachers of Color describes how racism serves as a continuous barrier against diversifying the teaching force and offers tools to support educators who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of Color on both a systemic and interpersonal level. Based on in-depth interviews, digital narratives, and questionnaires, the book analyzes the toll of racism on their professional experiences and personal well-being, as well as their resistance and reimagination of schools.

From Behaving to Belonging

From Behaving to Belonging:
The Inclusive Art of Supporting Students Who Challenge Us
by Julie Causton and Kate MacLeod
Challenging behavior is one of the most significant issues educators face. Though it may seem radical to use words like love, compassion, and heart when we talk about behavior and discipline, the compassionate and heartfelt words, actions, and strategies teachers employ in the classroom directly shape who students are—and who they will become. But how can teaching from the heart translate into effective supports and practices for students who exhibit challenging behavior?

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Happy Teachers Change the World

Happy Teachers Change the World
A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education
by Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare
The instructions in Happy Teachers Change the World are offered as basic practices taught by Thich Nhat Hanh, followed by guidance from educators using these practices in their classrooms, with ample in-class interpretations, activities, tips, and instructions. Woven throughout are stories from members of the Plum Village community around the world who are applying these teachings in their own lives and educational contexts.

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