Department of Defense Education Activity

Media Advisory: April 21, 2010
, DoDEA Educational Communications Officer: 703-588-3260
, DoDEA Educational Communications Officer: 703-588-3265

ARLINGTON, VA — DoDEA will join communities around the globe in honoring their teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week, from May 2-8. National Teacher Appreciation Week is designed to honor the nation’s dedicated teachers and educators and to show them we know that every day, teachers touch the lives of students, parents and communities in significant ways.
This year, Teacher Appreciation week is scheduled from May 2-8. “Great Teachers Make Great Public Schools,” is the enduring theme for the week-long celebration highlighting the crucial role teachers play in making sure every child receives a quality public education.
In 1985 the National Parent Teach Association established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. Since that year, teachers, administrators, parents and students have taken the time each year to thank teachers for the hard work they do each day to make public schools great for every child.
“I’d like to encourage everyone to take part in Teacher Appreciation Week activities,” said Dr. Shirley A. Miles, DoDEA Director. “Having visited most of our DoDEA schools, I know our teachers work hard to ensure our students receive a quality education and how much they mean to military families, especially in times of separation and deployment. I truly appreciate all our teachers do for military students and families and I want to thank them for their commitment to serving our nation’s military families.”
Activities and events are planned at many DoDEA schools to honor teachers and celebrate their contributions. Interested media are encouraged to contact school principals for details on school celebrations.
To find out more about Teacher Appreciation Week origins, celebration ideas or activities, contact local school principals.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten – 12th grade education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Cuba, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.