Teacher Appreciation Week: How to Show You Care

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week at Fairmont Prep! Besides the old trope of giving your teacher an apple, how can you celebrate the educators in your life?

Inspiring Desk Decor

From a frame with an inspirational quote about education to a potted plant with a clever note (“Thanks for helping me grow”), there are tons of cute gift ideas for a teacher’s desk. The best part is they remind a teacher daily why they’re an educator in the first place! Check out our High School and Beyond Pinterest board for inspiration!

A Thoughtful Review

Share your thoughts about the impact a teacher has made in your life with a thoughtful review on teacher review sites or even in a school review on Yelp or Great Schools. Give them a shout out to let others know just how wonderful they’ve been.


Pitch in with classmates to surprise teachers with donuts before class or another tasty dessert/snack if the class period is later in the day. Doing so in a group and taking the time to plan shows a teacher just how much effort their students put into showing their appreciation.

Gift Cards

Though hard to believe, teachers do have lives outside of the classroom. They, too, enjoy Starbucks coffee in the morning, dinners out on Friday nights, and yes, they even enjoy seeing the newest Marvel movies. If you have the means, teachers definitely won’t complain about gift cards! Bonus points if you pay enough attention to your teacher to know what type of gift card they’ll appreciate most!

A Nice Note

A simple thank you note is arguably the best gift a teacher can receive. From the heart, write about why you (as a student or a parent) appreciate them and why their lessons have been valuable. That will mean far more than an apple or gift card.

All Year Long

The most important way to show a teacher they are appreciated, beyond the sweets, gifts, and heartfelt notes, is to show it every day. Listen to them. Be respectful and courteous. Turn in homework on time. Give 100% on all of your assignments. Show them daily you value the lessons they are teaching. It not only benefits students, but makes all the difference to teachers.

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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”