As a teacher, it is easy to feel stressed out and overwhelmed. We’re here to remind you why you do what you do.

TeachersTeachers don’t have it easy. Sure, they get summers and holidays off, but let’s not forget the hours of grading papers, preparing lesson plans, and getting to school at 6 a.m. (or earlier) every day. Teachers don’t do their work for the paycheck – they do it for the look on a child’s face when they finally get something they’ve been struggling to understand. While they go unappreciated most days, teachers are the people each of us remember years later when we reflect upon the people who have had the greatest impact on our lives.

During teacher appreciation week, it’s important to remember the impact teachers have on the world. These quotes show that teaching isn’t just a job – it’s a gift and a passion.

1. “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” — Japanese proverb
2. “Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” — Fred Rogers
3. “The greatest sign of success for a teacher … is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’” — Maria Montessori
4. “The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.” — Alice Wellington Rollins
5. “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” — Robert Frost
6. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” — William A. Ward
7. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — William Butler Yeats
8. “Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.” — Andy Rooney
9. “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” ― Malala Yousafzai
10. “It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” ― Tom Brokaw

So go hug a teacher today. Call up your former mentors and say thank you. And don’t forget to look at yourself in the mirror and remind yourself that you are a rock star each and every day you stand at the front of your classroom. After all, without teachers, there would be no other professions.

Give STEMJobs A Like