by Alexis Hopper, Program Coordinator
In celebration of National Teacher Day, we would like to extend a thank you to all the educators who shape the lives of students across the country.
Thank You, Mattie Whyte Woodridge
Pioneer of Teacher Appreciation Day
Teacher Appreciation Day was not always marked on our calendars. Then came Mattie Whyte Woodridge, a teacher and woman of conviction and artful persuasive writing who took it upon herself to pen a letter to every governor in the United States advocating for the recognition of our nation’s lifeline to a better future, teachers. And if ever there was a doubt, writing letters to your representative can make change.
In 1944, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt received Ms. Woodridge’s letter and took action, persuading 81st U.S. Congress to consider adding a national day of recognition. In 1953, The National Education Association (NEA) and state affiliates followed suit by lobbying Congress to pass a joint resolution designating one day a year as National Teachers Day.
In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Day and Ms. Woodridge’s contribution as a teacher who affected positive change, I’d like to share this quote by writer William Arthur Ward:
Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.
Thank You, IEA Teachers
Thank you to all our Academy teachers, EXPLORE mentors and Yunasa counselors! You inspire not only gifted students, but all of us at IEA. Your dedication and passion help shape, guide and teach the hundreds of kids who pass through IEA every year. We couldn’t do what we do without you!
Happy National Teacher Day!
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