Selected entries will be posted on
billboards and social media.
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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  • - 2021-09-26 17:14:22 -0600
    As a happily retired teacher, I have been amazed and heartened with the stories of teachers all over Canada who have been able to stay sane and dedicated throughout the challenging times they have faced during the pandemic. Everyone should be thankful for each day that professionals in all the humanitarian fields have dug in and continued to contribute all their energies and expertise for those thst need it most.
  • - 2021-09-26 17:14:22 -0600
    As a happily retired teacher, I have been amazed and heartened with the stories of teachers all over Canada who have been able to stay sane and dedicated throughout the challenging times they have faced during the pandemic. Everyone should be thankful for each day that professionals in all the humanitarian fields have dug in and continued to contribute all their energies and expertise for those thst need it most.
  • - 2021-09-26 08:33:46 -0600
    My daughter, sister and a childhood friend are all teachers and I am amazed and proud of the way the have navigated and helped our children through the challenges of the past year and a half.

    Thanks to all the teachers out there. I have a few of teachers that I always think about as they made a real difference in my life – that is the true and most valuable reward of the profession you have chosen.
  • - 2021-09-25 16:27:27 -0600
    Thank you to the AMAZING teachers I had growing up who supported me in my learning and contributed to the person I am today.! I can only hope I am half as inspiring and impactful in my own teaching as they were. #thankyou #happyworldteachersday
  • - 2021-09-25 15:48:38 -0600
    Merci chers enseignants pour tout votre travail!
  • - 2021-09-25 09:25:24 -0600
    Thank you to all the teachers of Alberta. I know it isn’t the easiest place to be a teacher. Thanks for standing up for the kids and making sure they can have safe spaces to be themselves as well as trying to safeguard the curriculum. And thanks for doing all this while battling increasingly unsafe working conditions. I am sending my love to you all.
  • - 2021-09-24 15:49:56 -0600
    My partner is a teacher, and I have watched him struggle throughout the pandemic taking place in Alberta. As a volunteer teacher, I have also been privy to the pandemic rollercoaster.
    Thanks is not enough. For the ones going above and beyond, risking their health to ensure the most proper and fulfilling education – they are our friends, our family, our educators. And they are also human. Despite all that has gone on in the past 18 months, you are not alone, you do not face this alone. We are with you.
  • - 2021-09-24 14:04:38 -0600
    Thank you Mr. Greg Meeker @yomeeks for your incredible, exceptional, relentless, and tireless efforts and advocacy in relation to our pensions on behalf of all Alberta Public School teachers. For this, we are greatly indebted; perhaps beyond many of our colleagues’ cognizance.

  • - 2021-09-24 09:50:16 -0600
    A teacher’s example lead me to the most rewarding career, teaching. Thanks!
  • - 2021-09-23 19:29:50 -0600
    Without teachers where would the world be?Thank you to all who enlighten the world.
  • - 2021-09-23 14:18:30 -0600
    As a retired teacher, I still volunteer FOR school (since I cannot go in during the pandemic). When teaching full time, we could expect both good and hard times, but I do not think we experienced times as hard as this – and difficulties now are not just because of the pandemic. I look forward to when Covid numbers are lower and I might be able to volunteer IN school again since teachers need all the help they can get. Kids need it! Truly, for what teachers are doing now under such difficult circumstances, they are among the heroes of our time. Keep up the great work!
  • - 2021-09-23 13:35:41 -0600
    My teachers were a blessing to me. Even at age 74 I still remember some eminent teachers. . Wayne Kyle in Grade 8 who brought a calm and happiness to the classroom, Mr. Rashley in high school English who taught me to write and think clearly, and the power of words. He dressed well too in a sky blue suit. And Ray Skinner throughout physics in University of Saskatchewan. A brilliant teacher who guided me in my career choice. His love of physics shone through. He also brought in brilliant post doctoral guest student teachers. How fortunate I was ! Many thanks to all my teachers who were all there for me.
  • - 2021-09-23 12:38:00 -0600
    To all the teachers at Suzuki Charter School in Edmonton – these past 20 months have been unreal to say the least and you all took it in stride to make all the transitions and chaos seamless for the students. You went above and beyond with restrictions and precautions allowing our students to have a safe place to come learn. Thank you
  • - 2021-09-23 12:32:26 -0600
    Thank you for all you do – the seen and unseen, the known and unknown, the individual and collective. We do not always express it yet please hear that you are appreciated and make the lives of others, better because of who you are and what you do.
  • - 2021-09-23 12:20:19 -0600
    To ALL of you still in the trenches, in this completely ineptly, dangerously, and unsupportively run province, I don’t know how you do it!! Courage and strength coming your way from a person who was persuaded to retire a year early in 2019 and therefore missed this complete tragedy for Public Education.

    I send you strength, courage, and the ability to keep calm & carry on somehow, without damaging your own mental & physical health. Do what you can do. Extra will be too much & you have families too, esp those of you in classrooms, providing 2 sets of lessons every day for those who are both present & absent.! My hat goes off to you. You are AMAZING! 😇😇😇🤩🤩🤩
    If Ponoka still existed, I’d be there in these conditions. We didn’t have he necessary resources BEFORE the pandemic. Become, or stay political, if you possibly can. It’s your & society’s only hope for public ed! Good luck to you all.
  • - 2021-09-23 10:40:13 -0600
    Thank you to my colleagues that work around the clock to bring the best education and school experience to their students every day. Also thank you for being there for me when I need an ear, a heart, a shoulder and all the support!
    love, lexi
  • - 2021-09-23 09:54:01 -0600
    Thank you to all the teachers trying to make a difference in the lives of children. As a retired teacher I know how hard that is and cannot imagine the extra stree of the pandemic. Bless you all.
  • - 2021-09-23 09:49:41 -0600
    Thanks to Rod Yanish and Greg Conroy for inspiring me. I have been a teacher for 27 years. They were a major influence in choosing teaching as a career.
    I still think about how Mr Yanish or Mr Conroy would deal with a problem I encounter as a teacher today.
    Their problem solving strategies looked at helping the individual person not necessarily the negative problem. They taught me to look deeper.
  • - 2021-09-23 09:32:04 -0600
  • - 2021-09-23 09:30:26 -0600
    Few jobs are as demanding and rewarding at the same time as being a teacher. Showing up, every day, doing your best to provide a safe, engaging space for learners with diverse abilities and backgrounds is an enormous challenge. As much effort as goes into the “front of house” work goes on behind the scenes, too, with professional development, marking and evaluation, and parent contact. And the pandemic has made all aspects of your work even more demanding of your time and skills. For your resilience, your dedication, your compassion and your love of learning, you are owed a debt of gratitude. Thank you!
  • - 2021-09-23 08:56:32 -0600
    Big thank you to teachers everywhere. You make a huge difference.
  • - 2021-09-23 08:23:07 -0600
    As former teachers, we can’t thank you enough for the challenging work you’re doing through this pandemic – you have been there for all children including our 5 grandchildren. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts from grandparents, parents and your students!
  • - 2021-09-23 07:47:42 -0600
    Mr. Neilson – thank you for being a caring, strong, supportive leader in these unprecedented times. Our staff and community are so appreciative of you!
  • - 2021-09-23 07:23:24 -0600
    Thanks a million to the special needs teachers who pour their hearts into working with kiddos outside the norm. You are so important!!!!
  • - 2021-09-22 22:31:05 -0600
    Thank you, Mr. Hua
  • - 2021-09-22 21:36:49 -0600
    Thanks Mr.Gartke
  • - 2021-09-22 21:30:07 -0600
    I am finished my teaching career, my niece is just beginning. I know how draining and demanding teaching can be, and how rewarding and fun.
    I want to say to my niece how much I admire her for her dedication and energy, and how much I hope she can maintain a successful life balance.
    I want her to remember that of all the things she needs to be to kids, “Encourager “is the primary role. She knows this now, but the constant demands can make one forget it, and it’s important not to.
  • - 2021-09-22 21:18:32 -0600
    Prior my daughter becoming a teacher 5 years ago I had no idea how hard teachers work to care for and bring fresh and engaging materials to their students. Early mornings, afternoons after school, evenings and weekends are often given, in the pursuit of excellence, by my daughter and the colleagues she works with. I’m certain this is consistent across the province. I am thankful for this opportunity to celebrate the selfless and unsung heroes that our teachers are!
  • - 2021-09-22 21:15:48 -0600
    Thank you for always being all in for kids.
  • - 2021-09-22 20:15:41 -0600
    You are all amazing and continue to make a difference for students despite all that is going on. Thank you!