Patrick Willis with teachers Julia and Chris Finley

At 25, two young teachers, Julia and Chris Finley, welcomed high school junior Patrick Willis and his three younger siblings into their home. It was a challenge they accepted without hesitation.

Eight years later, Patrick has become the San Francisco 49ers All Pro and Pro Bowl Linebacker. Both his parents agree, "Patrick has taught us more than we taught him."

Behind Every Famous Person is a Fabulous Teacher.

Teacher Appreciation

TeachersCount.org strives to be the go-to place for teacher appreciation on the Internet. There are loads of great teacher-appreciation opportunities spread throughout this website, but for ease of navigation, you can use this list to find them all.

Ways to Appreciate Teachers on TeachersCount.org

  1. Send a free Hallmark teacher-appreciation e-card. Make it personal by including a message of your own.
  2. Share a teacher tale on StudentStories. Has a teacher made a difference in your life? You can post your inspiring teacher story on TeachersCount.org for all the world to see.
  3. Choose a creative, teacher-friendly idea from 10 Ways to Make Teacher Appreciation Week Count or 10 Ways to Thank a Teacher
  4. Become a TeachersPet. You can add a teacher to our eye-catching virtual honor roll by making a donation of any size to TeachersCount. We’ll even notify your teacher about the contribution you make in his or her honor.
  5. Tell us about an award-winning teacher you know. TeachersCount has a new feature, entitled CelebriTeachers, that highlights educators who have won distinction for their teaching.
  6. Nominate a teacher for a teaching award. We've compiled a list of awards for which parents, students, and others can nominate teachers. Find one that's a good fit and nominate your teacher today.
  7. Buy your teacher a greeting card through Cards for Causes. Show your teacher how much you care by sending him or her a greeting card. By using Cards for Causes, you can help support TeachersCount's mission to raise the status of the teaching profession.

Of course, TeachersCount isn't the only place to celebrate teachers online. The National Education Association (NEA) has amassed quite a collection of ideas, links, and resources in celebration of National Teacher Day. There you'll find free National Teacher Day poster downloads, testimonials from celebrities on their favorite teachers, a history of National Teacher Day, and more. Click here to check it out.