DCPS Joins Nationwide Celebration of Teachers

Dorothy Rowley | 5/5/2014, 1:58 p.m.
Kathy Hollowell-Makle was honored in November as the 2013 Teacher of the Year by the D.C. Public Schools system.

D.C. public schools are encouraging students, parents and residents to show their love for city instructors as part of a nationwide celebration of teachers.

The PTA's Teacher Appreciation Week, now in its 30th year, began Monday, as schools chancellor Kaya Henderson invited social media users to take selfies with a downloadable "Love My DCPS Teacher" sign from the schools system's website and upload the photos to social networking sites.

"Everywhere I go, everyone I talk to hears me say that our teachers are absolutely killing it," Henderson said. "This week, I want to make sure that they are especially feeling the #DCPSlove. I hope the whole city can take some time this week to thank a DCPS teacher in honor of national Teacher Appreciation Week. Our teachers are changing our students' lives and they deserve some extra love and gratitude this week from all of us."

Henderson and her staff will be visiting schools all week to surprise and thank teachers for their hard work and dedication.

Although the origin of Teacher Appreciation Week is unknown, Eleanor Roosevelt is credited with getting Congress to recognize National Teacher Day in 1953.