Susan R. Opel
As the school year begins to come to a close, May 7th has been designated as National Teacher Appreciation Day.
I’m kind of partial to teachers. My dad was my 7th and 8th grade teacher. He taught all four of the Opel children, and countless other kids in his storied 45+ year career. My big brother Paul was my teacher when I was a freshman in high school (he’s nine years my senior), and my sister taught for over 25 years.
As a matter of fact, teaching was my first career. For 16.5 years, I taught English, art, and religion to junior high and high school students in Illinois, Nevada, and Indiana.
Former teacher turned Creative Editor Susan R. Opel, gradebook in hand, teachin’ ‘em and reachin’ ‘em.
Last summer, while visiting my parents in Michigan, I had the chance to pop into Valley Lutheran High School (my alma mater). What a treat it was to run into Dr. John Brandt, my high school American history teacher! He took an interest in my family connections to the Hatfields and McCoys that came out in a project I did for the class. A few years back, he even sent me a handwritten note. It meant so much to be able to say thank you in person 25 (gasp) years later.
One of my favorite high school teachers and me in 2012.
Our newest special issue, 350 Cards & Gifts, has plenty of ideas to thank a teacher for his or her dedication. Take a look at this TOTALLY adorable pencil box by Heather Campbell. What a sweet way to say thank you to an elementary school teacher. Fill it with pencils or pop in a gift card. She’ll be blown away that you took the time to make something that cute just for her!
Thanks Teacher Gift Box by Heather Campbell
Now there are a lot of pretty cool male teachers in the world who deserve just as much appreciation as the ladies do. This hilarious gift card holder by Karolyn Loncon would be awesome to give to a science or math teacher who made a big difference in your child’s life this year.
Geek is Chic Gift Card Holder by Karolyn Loncon
Many teachers, especially high school teachers, double as inspiring coaches. Another great gift for a male is this sporty box filled with candy that any coach would appreciate!
You’re a Winner Treat Box by Heather Campbell
To help you share your appreciation for all of the teachers in your life (yours or those of your children), you will definitely want to get your hands on this simply amazing issue. Leave a comment telling us what teacher you’d like to thank specifically (and why) and we’ll give away three copies of this issue! Just make sure to leave a comment by Thursday, May 9th at 5 pm MDT.
P.S. Head over to the Moxie Fab World to experience more of this issue!