Last updated: November 15, 2022
Want to show your appreciation for your teacher with a thank you note or card? We’ve collected the very best thank you messages for your teacher, that you can use to express thanks and gratitude.
Being a teacher is the most important job because teachers shape the next generation. However, we know that truly great teachers are one in a million. This is why when you have a great teacher, you really need to thank them for everything they do.
Teacher appreciation messages don’t need to be awkward. You can just write the most simple message. Your teacher will be so pleased just to receive a thank you note from a parent or student. The main thing is, just putting pen to paper.
We’ve made it easy for you by putting together the very best collection of messages to thank your teacher, as well as a great collection of teacher appreciation sayings. Whether you are a student yourself, or if you are wanting to write a “thank you to teacher from parents” card, we’ve got you covered.
Scroll the page to browse them all, or use these links to go to jump to specific types of messages.
Appreciation Messages |
End of Year |
From Students |
From Parents |
From Principal |
At Graduation |
For Preschool Teachers |
For College Professor |
Teacher Appreciation Messages to Send Any Time
You might be writing a thank you card for your teacher for the end of the year, for Teacher Appreciation Day, or just because. Here are some sweet messages for teachers you can use to show your gratitude.
You are an awesome teacher!
Just a short note to say how much I enjoy your class.
Thank you for making it fun to come to school.
Just a little note to say how glad I am that you are my teacher. You’re the best!
Thank you for being a wonderful teacher.
Just a little note to let you know how much I appreciate your teaching. You are the greatest!
I always have fun in your class. Thanks for making Math so interesting.
Thank you for being my teacher, Ms Smith.
You know how to make us all feel seen and heard. Thank you for being so kind.
Thank you for making Science fun!
Thank you for caring so much about all of us. We appreciate how much you do.
I’m sorry I have been difficult lately. Thank you for never giving up on me.
Teacher Appreciation Messages for the End of the Year
The end of the school year is the perfect time to tell your teacher how much you have enjoyed their class. Great teachers put so much effort into their lessons, so before you head off on summer break make sure you share your appreciation with a thank you note to your teacher.
A massive THANK YOU to you from all of us for a fantastic school year.
It’s been so great having you as my teacher this year Ms Smith. Thank you for everything.
I’m so grateful I had you as a teacher this year. Thank you.
You are the best teacher I have ever had. Thank you for making learning fun.
This is the first year I’ve actually enjoyed school, and that’s all because of you. I’ll never forget you.
I feel so lucky that I was in your class this year. Thank you.
You’ve made such a huge difference in my life. I am so glad to have had you as a teacher this year.
I’ll never forget my time in your class this year. You taught me so much and helped me become a better person.
I’ve loved being in your class this year. I never knew Literature could be so interesting.
I know we’re not the easiest class, but you still cared for each and every one of us. Thank you for putting up with us.
What a crazy year it’s been. Thank you for looking after us all and helping us get through.
Thank you for pushing us all to be the best we can be.
Short Thank you Messages for Teachers
There’s no need to write an essay to show your appreciation for a wonderful teacher. You can say a lot in a few short words. Here are some great messages you can write in a short thank-you note that your teacher will love.
You’re the greatest!
Thank you for everything.
I’m so grateful for your teaching.
Because of you, I’ve come to love … (Maths, Science, reading, etc)
Thank you so much Ms Smith.
You inspired me to do my best.
You are awesome!
I’ll never forget you.
You’re the best teacher I’ve ever had.
Thank you for everything you’ve done for us.
You inspire me to be a better version of myself.
Your smile brightened our days.
Thank You Messages for Teachers from Students
When you’re a student, having a great teacher really changes everything. They can make a boring subject fun. They can make you feel seen and understood. They inspire and motivate you to do your best. Tell them how you feel with one of our messages below.
I’m so grateful to have had a teacher like you.
Thank you for being the best teacher in the world.
Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher. I’ve really enjoyed your lessons this year, and I’m going to miss you.
I feel so lucky to have a teacher who really cares about their students like you do. Thank you for everything.
Thank you so much for your interesting lessons. You make learning History fun!
During our time at school, we have so many teachers. But only a few we will remember forever. Thank you for being one of those special teachers who we’ll never forget.
You have been my all-round favorite teacher this year. I always look forward to your classes. Thank you for going out of your way to make such great lessons for us.
You are an awesome teacher because you make learning Maths fun. I’ve learned so much from you, and you have changed the way I look at the world.
Thank you for being so patient with me this year. I don’t know what I would’ve done without your help. Thank you for always making sure I understood.
Thank you for teaching me so much this year. You are so passionate about Chemistry, and it motivates me to do my best.
Thank you for all your positive energy and optimism. You make us all feel better about life and inspire us to keep going.
Thank you for going out of your way for me this year and helping me win a scholarship. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without you.
Thank You Messages for Teacher from Parents
As parents, we know the huge difference a wonderful teacher makes. When our child is at school with a wonderful teacher, it’s a very reassuring feeling. When writing a thank you note to a teacher from a parent, it’s the perfect time to share how grateful you are for everything they do. These messages will help you get started.
Ava was so lucky to have such a wonderful teacher this year. Thank you for everything.
Over this past year, Henry has learned and grown so much thanks to your teaching. Thank you so much Ms Smith.
Our family is so fortunate to have had you as Phoebe’s teacher. She has learned so much this year thanks to you.
Thank you for being so kind, patient, and understanding with Georgia this year. We appreciate everything you do.
Thanks to you, Harry was able to come out of his shell this year and gain confidence. We’re so grateful for how you gently encouraged and supported him.
Amelia learned so much at school this year thanks to you. Thank you for encouraging her to do her best.
We don’t know how we would’ve gotten through the year without you as Mia’s teacher. We can’t thank you enough for all the support and kindness you showed our family this year.
We appreciate how much effort you put into teaching. Our Jack has had a brilliant year and has achieved so much academically and socially thanks to your hard work.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to you for giving our kids such a great start to their school careers. We’re so fortunate to have had you as Emily’s teacher.
Thank you for all the hard work you put into making your class such a beautiful and supportive place. Noah has loved having you as a teacher this year.
You are such an inspiration to Poppy. She looks up to you so much and always does her best because of you. Thank you for sharing your passion with the students. It’s contagious!
We were so nervous at the start of the year. But you made Jacob feel so welcome and included. He was able to make many friends this year and learn so much thanks to your constant support.
Thank You Messages for Teacher from Principal
As a Principal, sharing a thank-you note with your teachers is such an excellent way to make them feel appreciated. But you’ll want to make sure each teacher has a unique note that shows you have noticed the special impact they make at the school. These thank-you messages will show your teachers how valued they are.
Thank you for being such a valued member of our school community.
We appreciate how much you do for your students. Thank you for everything.
Thank you for encouraging your students to always do their best. Your class has achieved so much this year thanks to you.
Thank you for being such a great teacher at [Name of School].
You always go the extra mile for your students. Thank you for putting so much passion and energy into your teaching.
We’re so grateful to have you in our school community, Jenny. The students love you, and you always motivate them to do their very best.
We all appreciate the huge effort you put in this year to make your class fun. [Name of School] was able to help our students achieve their goals because of you.
Thank you for not only being a great teacher but also being so helpful and supportive of your colleagues. We really value your wonderful contribution to our school community.
I’m really grateful for not only your excellent teaching but how much you pitched in and helped us all get through a difficult year at [Name of School]. Thank you, Adam.
You inspire your students to be better people and to always strive to do their very best. Thank you for being a wonderful teacher.
Thank you for demonstrating our school values and being such a wonderful role model for our school community. We’re so grateful to have you as a teacher at our school.
Your students have done so well this year under your careful guidance. Thank you for all the extra effort you put into making sure their needs are all accommodated.
Thank You Teacher Message at Graduation
Are you graduating from Elementary, Junior High, Senior High, or College? Congratulations! As you look back at your time at the school, it’s the perfect time to thank your favorite teachers for everything they have done for you.
Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher. I’m so grateful to have been in your class this year. I’ll miss you!
This is a short note to say how much I have appreciated your teaching. Words cannot express how thankful I am to have had you as a teacher.
Thank you for always pushing us to do our best. Being in your class was so motivating and inspiring. I’m so grateful to have had you as a teacher.
Thank you for being a great teacher. I’ve really enjoyed your classes this year.
I can’t believe I’m finally graduating! I’m going to miss you so much. You are such a wonderful teacher, and I’ve learned so much from you.
Thanks to you, I am planning to study Computer Science at college. I didn’t even think that was possible, but with your encouragement, I was able to see what I am capable of.
This was such a crazy year. Thank you for helping us all get through. I’ll never forget you.
Thank you for helping me get through this year. I know I haven’t always been the easiest student. Thank you for never giving up on me.
Thank you for all the support and encouragement you’ve given me. I am here graduating today because of you.
You are the reason that I am now pursuing my dreams. Thank you for helping me discover what I’m good at, and always encouraging me to do my best.
I’m so grateful for your encouragement this year. You never gave up on me. Thanks to your support I am standing here today graduating!
Thanks to you, I got into [Name of College]! Never in my wildest dreams did I think this was possible. Thank you for always pushing me to do my best and to reach for the stars.
Thank You Message for Preschool Teachers
It can be hard sending our little ones off to preschool. We worry if they will cope with the school day, make friends and reach their goals. But when your child has a wonderful preschool teacher, you can relax knowing they are being educated with love and care. A teacher appreciation message will make your child’s teacher feel seen and valued for all that they do.
Thank you Ms Smith for being such a wonderful teacher. You make learning fun, and my son absolutely loves your class. She loves coming every week, and you have helped her grow in so many ways.
Thank you for creating such a fun and welcoming environment in your classroom. Your patience, kindness, and thoughtfulness make all the children feel seen and cared for. William has thrived this year thanks to you.
Thank you for everything you do. You make my daughter feel so loved and special, and she loves coming to school because of you.
This is just a little note to say how much we appreciate your teaching. Thank you for making our little ones feel so special and loved at school. We feel so incredibly lucky to have you as their preschool teacher.
Thank you to all the teachers of Poppy’s class. She learned so many new skills this year. She is becoming so independent and can do so much now. She loves coming to school, and that’s because of you. Thank you!
We’re so grateful to have you as Abigail’s teacher. You are so dedicated and passionate, and you put so much time and energy into preparing lessons that the children love. Abigail has learned so much this year thanks to you.
We’re so happy to have you as Noah’s teacher. He talks so much about you and is always so happy going to school. Thank you for everything.
I just wanted to take a moment to send you this thank you note to tell you how much our family appreciates you as a teacher. Thank you for making school such a welcoming and fun place to be. Jacob loves coming to school because of you.
You don’t know how grateful I am to have you as Olivia’s teacher. I’m so relieved and comfortable to know she is with you. You care so much for the students and put so much effort into making the classroom a wonderful place. Thank you for everything.
You are just the most wonderful teacher. It’s obvious how much you genuinely care for the students, and that makes them feel so happy to be in your class. James has learned so much this year because of you. Thank you!
We’re so grateful for your gentle caring nature. With your encouragement and support, Charlotte has done so well in her first year of school. She has really come out of her shell thanks to you.
On this Teachers’ Day, I would like to express my appreciation to all of the wonderful teachers at the school who have put so much love and energy into educating our children. Thank you for everything!
Thank You College Professor at End of First Year or Semester
You’ve reached the end of your first year or semester! What a journey it has been! You might have found it hard to adapt to college life, or you might have breezed through. Along the way, a few special teachers probably made everything ok. Or, your whole world may have been opened up by an exceptional professor. These appreciation messages are ideal for expressing how grateful you are.
I just wanted to say thank you for your classes this [semester/year]. You are such a great teacher, and I feel so grateful for having taken your class.
Thank you so much for all your guidance this [semester/year]. I have learned so much thanks to you.
I just wanted to send you a quick message to let you know how much I appreciated your teaching this [semester/year]. I’m so glad I took your class.
I have been able to achieve so much this [semester/year] thanks to you. I’m so grateful to have had you as my Professor.
I learned so much this [semester/year] because of you. You motivated and inspired me to study harder and do my best. Thank you so much.
You are a legend and the most awesome Professor I’ve ever had. You have a way of making every lecture interesting and easy to understand.
This [semester/year] has been such a steep learning curve for me. I don’t think I could’ve done it without you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
As you know, I found this last [semester/year] extremely challenging. I’m so grateful for your constant encouragement. I don’t think I would’ve been able to pass without your support.
I’m so grateful to have been in your class this [semester/year]. You have a way of explaining challenging concepts in a way that everyone can understand.
Taking your course has changed my life. Because of your teaching, I have decided to complete my Major in Physics.
Before taking your class, I was considering dropping out of college. You completely changed my life. You inspired me to do my best, and now I am back on track. I can’t thank you enough.
Thank you for going out of your way to help me this [semester/year]. Even though you are so busy you still always found the time. For that, I am forever grateful.
Teacher Appreciation Quotes
There are so many quotes about teacher appreciation, it can be hard to know which to choose. We’ve scoured the internet and found the very best thank-you teacher quotes to suit all kinds of teachers.
“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.”
~ Bob Talbert
“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
~ John C. Maxwell
“It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.”
“My teacher thought I was smarter than I was – so I was.”
~ Six-Year-Old Child
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
~ Malala Yousafzai
“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
~ Carl W. Buechner
“The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.”
~ Alexandra K. Trenfor
“When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.”
~ The Talmud
“Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime.”
~ Chinese Proverb
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
~ Albert Einstein
“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.”
~ Japanese Proverb
“What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?”
~ Marcus T. Cicero
“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”
~ Khalil Gibran
How to Write a Thank You Note for Teachers
Thank you notes for teachers can be super simple. A hand-written letter or a short note on a store-bought card is enough to make any teacher’s day. We even have some Printable Teacher Appreciation Cards that you can print at home.
Or you might like to hand-make a card. You can use simple cardboard and paper to create a very simple card with a personal touch. If you like, you could hand-draw a picture or create a unique piece of art. Pre-school teachers or art teachers particularly appreciate the creativity of their students.
The main thing is that you have put the time into showing your gratitude. A personalized note will make your teacher feel noticed and valued. Many teachers will treasure the special thank-you notes that they receive from their students for years to come.
While it’s not essential, you may like to include a gift to show appreciation to your teacher. Some gift ideas include a hand-drawn picture, snacks your teacher loves to eat, something cool for their class like memo pads or special pens, or a coffee gift card from the local coffee shop.
The best teachers make such a huge difference in our lives, and these acts of appreciation will let them know how grateful we are.
More thank you messages for teachers
If you’re still looking for more teacher thank-you messages & ideas, take a look at our Thankful Quotes, Printable Teacher Appreciation Cards, and Printable Thank You Cards.