Teachers: America’s Most Undervalued Resource

“A teacher who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn.” – Ruth Beechick

Take a moment this week to stop and ask yourself, “where would I be without the amazing teachers in my life?” Can you answer it? Probably not.


It seems almost silly to label one week of the year “teacher appreciation week” when they continue to inspire year round. From the grade school teacher who wouldn’t let you give up on math, to the private tutor who helped you get a higher score on the ACT than all your friends, educators are a big part of your life.

Here at TutorNerds, we see first hand what an amazing job Orange County teachers do. Many of the students who come to us for help aren’t doing so because their teachers did a poor job, they just need a little extra help. Further, we understand that students learn at different paces, which is hard to accommodate for when course material must meet a tight schedule. In fact, most teachers will go out of their way to suggest a private tutor when they notice a student is falling behind.

The Pride of Orange County, CA

Orange County students achieve great things. Just recently, Kevin Lee, a student at University High School in Irvine, won the top science fair prize with his entry, “Strongly Coupling the Electrical and Mechanical Dynamics of the Heartbeat in a Diffuse Interface Model.” Kevin was awarded $1,000 and the distinction, State Science Fair Student of the Year.  There’s no denying Kevin Lee is one smart kid, but these events are also a reflection of California’s superb educators. For example, Rialto High School was well represented by Guadalupe Valero, who won the top choice for California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year.


The success of our students is a result of educators who inspire. We at TutorNerds know this because our college educated private tutors have all had many excellent teachers along the way. That being said, how can we show our gratitude? The best teachers are simply content to see their students succeed, but they deserve something special this week. Below are 5 Simple Ideas to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week from Karen Bantuveris of cozi.com.

“1. Start Simple– A Teacher’s Gift from You” – Sometimes a hand-written note is the most sincere thank you.

“2. Involve your Kids” –  Include a drawing or note from your kid in with your own letter.

“3. Involve the Classroom” – Collaborate with the entire class on a week long pampering session.

“4. Involve your School” – Coordinate a pot luck breakfast for the teachers at your school.

“5. Extra Love” – Make sure every teacher feels appreciated by giving a small gift to every educator at the school.

Now that you have some tips, go out there and appreciate some teachers. One more thing, Happy Cinco De Mayo, Orange County!

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