Say Thank You on Patch to Your Favorite Teachers on World Teachers' Day

Give back to local teachers by celebrating World Teachers' Day on Oct. 5.

World Teachers' Day, celebrated on Oct. 5, is a great opportunity to show teachers at local schools how great you think they are. But, the day also takes on a deeper meaning, standing for the protection of teachers' rights.

Since its inception in 1994, World Teachers' Day has had a theme every year. The theme for 2012 is “Take a stand for teachers.”

This day was founded by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. More than 100 countries currently observe World Teachers' Day, with many corporate supporters such as Google recognizing the global impact and conditions of teachers.

The goal of the day is to educate the public about the conditions of being a teacher around the world, focusing specifically on the protection of teachers' rights, and the proper training and development of teachers. 

 The episode, Education, was produced and directed by Steve Rogers, whose mother and father both taught locally. 

In an interview with Patch, Rogers said he took on this topic, because he, "really wanted to celebrate people, who are good teachers and doing great things in an an out-of-the-box way."

Everyone has an educator who has changed his or her life with their "out-of-the-box" thinking, their kindness, humor or educational impact.

On World Teachers' Day, we at Patch encourage you to remember these teachers by looking at issues and obstacles they may face.


How will you celebrate World Teachers' Day? Give your favorite teachers a shout out in the comments section below. Or if you are a teacher, please comment below on World Teachers' Day and what it means to you. 

Shallon Velija October 05, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Mrs Bartolini, and ask of the assistants in her classroom, at the Horbelt elementary school are some of the most dedicated teachers I ever met. My son was in their class for two years, and they really helped him to become a better student, and a more confident child. Even now, although he its in Brackman, they still have gone out of their way to see how he is doing and to help him in any way they can. They have certainly made a positive lasting impression in this family and for a boy who before them, hated everything about school and didn't want to go. Now he gets upset if he had to miss a day. Thank you Mrs Bartolini, miss Karen, and Mr Romano!
Paula Abbato October 05, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I am dating myself by this comment on a teacher that was so influencial in my life. Her name was Miss Picarell and she was my 8th grade teacher in the Lake Riviera Middle School back in 1973. She was not only a superb educator but she really knew her students one on one. She new what made them tick and was able to bring out the best in each one. I can definitely say she did that for me. She had a way about her that made you want to learn. I am only sorry I did not follow in her footsteps as a teacher myself. I wanted to be and got side tracked after high school. Boy do I regret that decision now. Thank you Miss Picarell and to all educators out there that make a difference in students lives. I am grateful that I have two sons that are doing that as educators and if it could not be me, I at least have the priviledge of seeing that happen in my sons lives. Paula (Lombardo) Abbato
Jacqueline Ferrara October 05, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Mrs. Valarie Morris, the French teacher at BHS gets our vote. Our entire family has been blessed with of her teachings and guidance. Because of her, my daughter, Jacki was BHS's first foreign exchange student in 2006. This action not only changed our lives but the course that BHS went in concerning the exchange program. When Jacki got back from France, we hosted the first exchange students that attended BHS, Franchesco from Italy and Yannic from Germany. Because of Mrs. Morris, my family is now friends with and still in contact with 3 European families. Both Jacki and David have been to all 3 of their homes overseas and the French family has sent all 3 of their children to visit us various years including this past summer. Not only has this effected my family but once the ball got rolling other exchange students have come to BHS more Barnegat families have been blessed too. The foreign exchange agency has even used my daughter's experience as an example in their publications to promote a foreign exchange program. Mrs. Morris saw something in a student and acted on it and because of this, it changed the course of our family and BHS. We are ever grateful for Jacki and David having her as one of their teachers.
Erik Keith October 05, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I thought you might enjoy this heartfelt video we put together thanking teachers everywhere for all the things they do and for inspiring students and cultivating the love of learning. While today is World Teachers' Day, we feel that celebrating teachers should not be limited to just one day. Salute to Teachers Video: http://youtu.be/ypFRxw9czi4 Please join The GLOBE Program (www.globe.gov) in celebrating teachers everywhere by sharing this with your favorite teacher, within your social networks or with anyone who shares our passion for education and those who truly make a difference in the lives of students around the world. If you currently are a teacher or if you were a teacher, thank you for all you have done, all you are doing and everything you will come to do. We are grateful for your service. Thank you for your time. Erik (The GLOBE Program)


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