National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-10, 2014 and around the country thousands of communities are taking time to honor local educators and acknowledge the crucial role our nation’s teachers play in making sure every student receives a quality education.
The origins of National Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.
NEA, along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan.) Local, lobbied Congress to create a national day to celebrate teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day for that year only.
NEA and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day in March until 1985, when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May (www.nea.org).
“Our Instructors Take the Cake” will take place May 6th across WATC’s three campuses and will be a celebration with cakes and cookies to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the WATC faculty.
WATC recently asked its students in a Facebook post what their favorite WATC class has been and why. Their reasons prove these instructors really do take the cake:
“My instructor rocks it when teaching. She helps us learn & retain the info!”
- James Eaton, WATC Biology Student
“He makes the classes fun and memorable.”
- Cassie Duerr, WATC Anatomy & Physiology Student
“She explains the material and engages in discussions with the class. It’s awesome!”
- Val Wallsten, WATC Human Growth & Development Student
With a combined total of more than 1,200 years of industry experience, WATC faculty offer knowledge, credentials and excellence in their areas of expertise. Read their impressive bios here.
“If you are looking for a great school and instructors who will help you fulfill your dreams, this is the place for you!” – Brandie Thompson, WATC Interior Design Student
If you are a caring and compassionate individual and would like to share your knowledge and experience with others, join the WATC team. Click here for available positions.
“The teachers really help and care about my education” – Carmel Quiroz, WATC Welding Student