Selected entries will be posted on
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There are people in
our lives that make an
impact on us.
A lot of those just
happen to be teachers.
Here is a chance to say
Please tell us who you are.
Schools were closed, then opened, then closed and opened again. Kids were sent home to quarantine and Zoom classrooms became all the norm. Teachers did as best they could. Parents, caught off guard, put in that extra effort to support their children’s learning. Often it was an overwhelming experience. But parents and teachers came to see each other in a new light.

Now with schools open and teachers back in class, it's time to reflect on what we've all been through and how we've depended on each other. And now, on World Teachers Day, let's throw teachers a well-deserved 'thank you.'
"On behalf of Alberta's teachers, thank you, parents for all you have done over the last 18 months to help support learning to continue."
– Jason Schilling, ATA President

Read some of the Thank You comments so far.

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  • - 2021-10-05 11:33:17 -0600
    You are appreciated and valued. Thank you for being a positive, encouraging and being there teach our children during an incredibly difficult time. You are seen, heard and valued.
  • - 2021-10-05 11:32:51 -0600
    Thanks for teaching kids as they need the education and learning curve .
  • - 2021-10-05 11:32:23 -0600
    Thank you to all the teachers who have profoundly influenced and improved the lives of my 3 children. I can not imagine raising our future without the dedication and expertise of teachers by my side! Huge gratitude for all that your contribute to our lives and society as a whole!!
  • - 2021-10-05 11:32:03 -0600
    Teachers impact the lives of their students in myriad ways, daily.
  • - 2021-10-05 11:31:41 -0600
    Thank you to ALL the teachers who care about children and their learning, who put children first, who do their best every day and have a positive attitude even though some days it is really hard. Stay healthy and keep doing what you are doing! You are not only appreciated, but you are greatly respected.
  • - 2021-10-05 11:31:22 -0600
    Thank you for your dedication and bravery! The world is a better place with you in it!
  • - 2021-10-05 11:30:59 -0600
    You deserve abundant blessings and gratitude for your continued dedication to your students.
  • - 2021-10-05 11:29:57 -0600
    R. Glenn Martin, now departed.
    Professor of Secondary Education—English, U of A.
    In one year, he fine-tuned my fledgling knowledge of how to teach the subject before I went into the classroom.
    He was wise beyond his years and had once been in a class taught by Robert Frost at Harvard.
    I later had the pleasure of giving the eulogy at his funeral some years back.
  • - 2021-10-05 11:29:45 -0600
    I would like to thank all of my colleagues at Ecole Springfield School for their amazing resilience these past few years. You are amazing, hardworking and positive, despite the many challenges we’ve faced. Thank you for all you do and continue to do. Happy World Teacher’s Day!
  • - 2021-10-05 11:29:43 -0600
    Thank you to my wonderful teachers I had growing up in Calgary. Thank you for believing in me and leading me to become a teacher myself.
    Thank you to my amazing colleagues who show up each and every day and strive to do your best for every student!
  • - 2021-10-05 11:29:21 -0600
    Caring, knowledgeable teachers in a great public school system helped me to realize the importance of learning, equity, and respect in a civil society.
    Thank you!
  • - 2021-10-05 11:28:29 -0600
    Thank you for your care and devotion to our children — our future!
  • - 2021-10-05 11:26:44 -0600
    A very sincere thank you to all the teachers of Alberta for the amazing job you are doing at this very difficult time. We often mention to our retired teacher friends how lucky we are to be retired and not having to deal with teaching during a pandemic. Keep up the awesome work you are doing!!
  • - 2021-10-05 11:26:37 -0600
    I always wanted to be a teacher. Looking at the challenges they face now I would question if I would ever want to do that again. My son is a teacher and I see the countless hours that he puts in, the constant struggle to try and be both councillor and teacher. Trying to figure out what it is that kids need and not getting caught up in all the media frenzy. Today I celebrate that there are those brave souls that will still accept the challenge of trying to teach our children how to think for themselves and not just use google etc. How to debate and how to look at all sides. That is why we still need teachers.
  • - 2021-10-05 11:26:28 -0600
  • - 2021-10-05 11:25:20 -0600
    Congratulations upon surviving one of the most difficult periods in Teaching ever!

    A fellow Teacher (now Retired)
  • - 2021-10-05 11:24:30 -0600
    I’m retired now. Although teaching was my primary occupation, I worked in the aviation industry in my spare time so I do have a variety of perspectives. Although the definition of “professional” has changed over the years, teachers fit the true sense of the word. I’m always proud to call myself a teacher and I’m still in awe with how good teachers adapt to such difficult and changing circumstances. Great work teachers. I know it’s hard to step back and view your job in the grand picture but in my view you’re one of the keystones of our democracy.
  • - 2021-10-05 11:24:21 -0600
    Many of my memories of childhood involve school and teachers. They are good memories, of being cared about, inspired and safe. The same is true of many of the teachers my son had in his schooling. Bless all of you!
  • - 2021-10-05 11:24:16 -0600
    Happy World Teacher’s Day to all my teacher friends and family, teaching during such stressful days…
    Thank you! Thank you! Stay safe!
    To my retired teacher pals! Stay well! 💕
  • - 2021-10-05 11:23:28 -0600
    Thank you colleagues for all that you do for our students every day. Although I am retired, I am very aware and appreciative of your dedication through this pandemic.
  • - 2021-10-05 11:23:09 -0600
    Thank you for standing up to the “bully” while working under incredibly difficult conditions. We were fighting against under funding, class sizes, the unfunded liability etc. fifteen years ago when I was teaching. Nothing seems to change unless it is an attempt to become even more regressive. Thankfully, we have regained some control over our pension fund thanks to strong protests from current teachers, retirees, and the ATA. Unfortunately, the fight to maintain a world class education curriculum, working conditions, and fair compensation continues to be a challenge. Keep up the good fight. Hopefully, the membership will remember that their most powerful tool to protect and improve education will come in about 18 months at the ballot box.
  • - 2021-10-05 11:22:58 -0600
    Congratulations to all teaching staff and assistants involved in continuing to deliver the best possible education to our children.This past year has been the most challenging and all staff rose to the challenge.
    Again, Congratulatiions for a job well done.
  • - 2021-10-05 11:22:45 -0600
    Education is the most basic right humans have.
  • - 2021-10-05 11:22:00 -0600
    Thank you for all you do. You have really come through by taking on the extra load with so many extra tasks. Just to mention a few, sanitizing, enforcing distancing, extra supervision not to mention dealing with the mental health of your students who have many concerns now, a class with even more diverse needs academically.
    So few realize how much you do.
  • - 2021-10-05 11:21:57 -0600
    You are so appreciated and admired for all you do, every day, to help our children learn and be the best they can be. Even with all the challenges of the pandemic and limited resources, you strive to carry on for their sakes and the betterment of all communities!
  • - 2021-10-05 11:21:27 -0600
    Thank so much. Your dedication during these difficult challenges is appreciated.
  • - 2021-10-05 11:21:11 -0600
    HAPPY WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY to all the amazing teachers who are making a positive difference to those you encounter, every single day! You are heroes!
  • - 2021-10-05 11:20:27 -0600
    Thank you Mrs. Ray my junior high math teacher, whose skills aaproach to teaching mathematics gave me my future career.
    I know she no longer with us but I am sure there is a special place in Heaven for for teachers like her who make kids feel capable of learning the tough stuff.
  • - 2021-10-05 11:20:19 -0600
    As a retired teacher, I understand the daily commitment needed to provide education for students. In our uncertain times, your work has been made more difficult. I today and everyday honour the work of teachers in our province, country, and around the world.
  • - 2021-10-05 11:20:15 -0600
    Thanks to my wife who teaches grade 3. Also thanks to the kids, that she teaches, it makes an otherwise taxing and stressful job (admin, politics, economy and geography all are factors that make the job tough).

    Also thanks to the teachers who put up with all my antics as a student, and to those that should be having a slightly easier time with my Children in grade 6 and 8.

    Thanks to all teachers!!!!!