College students send thanks on National Teacher Appreciation Day

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Thank you to Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge, Eleanor Roosevelt, the National Education Association, and the many others who championed the idea to nationally recognize the lasting contributions teachers make to our lives. It took 40 years for Congress to ratify National Teacher Appreciation Day, but it became official March 7, 1980. Then in 1985, the National PTA starting celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, with the Tuesday of that week designated as National Teacher Appreciation Day.

In honor of this special week and day, we’re extending this appreciation to higher education educators as well. We know you spend countless hours preparing your courses, monitoring student progress in a multitude of ways, holding office hours, and inspiring them to be more than they ever realized they could be. Who better then to convey messages of thanks but students? We’ve compiled some heartfelt messages from real students thanking real professors. We also intermingled some videos of students talking about one professor who impacted them the most in their journey through college. See how much professors are appreciated on Twitter too at #ThankATeacher.


To: Mrs. Lindsey Panxhi, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
“I thank you so much for the guidance you provided to me as a new student. Without your help and outlook, I would not have explored the options for my future.” — AnnToneya Hill, University of Arkansas

To: Stephen Johns, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL
“You pushed me to do my best and never give up since I was a Freshman. I am now graduating Community College because of your support!” — Natasha Infante, Hillsborough Community College

To: Dr. Bonita Leavell, Wayne County Community College District, Detroit, MI
“Thank you Dr. Leavell from the bottom of my heart; you managed to inspire me every day I was in your class. From day one I felt you were the instructor who would push me to the limit.” — Victoria Bankowski, Wayne County Community College District



To: Dr. Hussein Rashid, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Thank you for your clarity, wit, and assistance. I don’t think I would be who am I without your help.” — Sahil Badruddin, Student

To: Dr. Alex Gancedo, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL
“Thank you for believing in me and still supporting me till this day.” — Jeffrey Romeu, Phi Theta Kappa

To: Dr. Jay Dunn, Perimeter College, Dunwoody, GA
“Thank you for not giving out easy A’s and instead inspiring me to work hard, commit, believe in myself and make things happen!” — Lia Machado, Perimeter College – Georgia State University

To: Dr. Corinne McNamara, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
“You have made such a huge impact in my life. You have shown me so many opportunities and have given me confidence in myself by believing in me. Because of you, I know I can succeed academically and professionally.” — Hannah Dollinger, Kennesaw State University



To: Dr. Bernadette Jacobs, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM
“You helped me grow as a person, which I am thankful for. You inspire me to want to make a difference in people’s lives.” — Angela Luna

To: Sherry Hickman, Indian River State College, Vero Beach, FL
“Thank You for allowing me the opportunity to express myself freely and openly in class without being embarrassed. And thank you for always having my back. Thank you for being a strong guided figure toward the whole class. And most of all, thank you for being supportive of my recovery!” — Patrick Unger, Indian River State College

To: Professor Christopher Lamb, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
“I want to thank you for believing in me and showing me that I can succeed as a psychology major despite my disability. You are an amazing teacher.” — Alex Pizano, Chaffey College

To: Jane Bowe, North Central Michigan College, Petoskey, MI
“You are just super awesome.” — Megan Gardner



To: Dr. Brandon Kempner, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
“You’re an outstanding professor that is passionate about students and the literature you teach.” — Kyana Lemons, Central Texas College

To: Tina Sandoval, Pueblo Community College, Pueblo, CO
“You have helped me so much, getting into the swing of math.” — Thomas Scheibe, Pueblo Community College

To: Dr. Bagley, Feather River College, Quincy, CA
“Thank you for helping me to overcome my fear of Algebra.” — Kelly Williamson, Feather River College

To: Edward Mondor, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
“Thanks for sending me in the right direction and offering guidance wherever possible!” — Melanie Kesler

To: Professor Lynne Smith, Carroll Community College, Westminster, MD
“Your lessons never fail to keep the entire class engaged and interested. I have learned a lot from your course.” — Thomas Putman, Carroll community college



To: Lisa Smith, Jackson State Community College, Jackson, TN
“Thank you for guiding me and helping me be the art student I never knew I could become.” — Janelle, Jackson State Community College

To: Heather Jones, Holmes Community College, Goodman, MS
“Thank you for not only being my teacher, but also my mentor. I definitely would not be where I am today if I had not had you there to teach me!” — Taylor Adcock, Ole Miss

To: Dr. Busch, Texas A&M, College Station, TX
“Thank you for always making class interesting and interactive. Your attitude towards us and way of teaching is inspiring each and every day!” Sterling Woerner, Texas A&M

To: Katherine Urquhart, Lake Sumter State College, Leesburg, FL
“Thanks for showing and inspiring students to continue to follow  psychology and see it in our lives.” — Jennifer Brown, Lake Sumter State College

To: Sarah Hutchings, Mountain View College, Dallas, TX
“Thank you so much for everything you have done for me. You have watched me grow and I owe a big chunk of my success to you.” — Bianca Munoz, Mountain View College