27 Complete Thank-You Note Samples for Awesome Teachers (From Students or Parents)

Write a Heartfelt Teacher Appreciation Message

funny thank you teacher note exampleI’ve written all types of thank you note examples (below) for you to customize, to make it easy to write, “Thanks, Teacher!” from students or parents.

Express your gratitude for all that your teacher does, with a heartfelt handwritten thank-you note. Don’t wait until the end of the school year or Teacher Appreciation Day!

Good teachers help guide us to develop our potentials and embrace our strengths. Express your gratitude for your teacher with a heartfelt thank-you note. And maybe give them an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift to show your appreciation.

How to Write a Thank-You Note to a Teacher

When it comes to expressing your appreciation to teachers, here’s the drill: if the words don’t come easily, don’t let them get in the way. This page is full of simple, effective, straight-from-the-heart actions and handwritten notes that will convey your appreciation to your teacher.

Teacher wish-lists reflect ever-shrinking district budgets and resources, featuring a consistent chorus of requests for classroom supplies. And, still, many teachers continue to extol the virtues of a good old-fashioned thank-you note. [source: How to Thank a Teacher., George Lucas Educational Foundation]

Sample Appreciation Notes from Parents to a Teacher (Daycare, Kindergarten or Preschool)

Dear Beatrice,
Thank you for helping to make kindergarten such a positive experience for Billy. With all of your patience, creativity, and love, Billy has achieved a lot this year. He has started off on the right foot by having you as his teacher.
Thank you, Beatrice. You have made a great difference for all of our children. Because you care so much about them, you have directed them to trust themselves in all that they do and to become all that they dream.
With sincerest appreciation,
Dre Tristan

Appreciating a Coach or Sports Mentor

Dear Coach Jackson,

We want to express our thanks for making our son, Tim Findley, feel a part of the volleyball team this year. If you recall, Tim transferred into the district in late October just after you had officially ended try-outs. You agreed to make an exception and let him try-out for the team the following week, and fortunately, you selected him for the starting line-up. That exception, in itself, could have created jealousies among other students.

We, as well as Tim, feared that might be the case. But as the season began, you planned some very important team-building, “bonding” experiences for the boys as you traveled to various tournaments to scout the opposition. Those trips especially gave the team members a chance to get to know Tim quickly one on one off the court. Those opportunities made the transition much easier for him in the new school.

And by the way, I might add that his grades have reflected a comfortable adjustment as well.

As you may have guessed, changing schools in the middle of the year is never a good situation for any student, but for an athlete, it can be disastrous. Such was not the case for Tim this year, thanks to you. We do appreciate your constant encouragement, your competent coaching, and your efforts to see that the college scouts take a look at your athletes. What more could parents ask?


Bill and Bob

Thank You Note to a Child’s Private Instructor or Tutor

Dear Michael,

Bruce has been taking swim lessons for three years, but it wasn’t until he enrolled in your class that he finally conquered his fear of water. I really appreciate your being so patient with him and working so hard to boost his confidence. The additional instruction you gave him after class really made a difference. Bruce is already looking forward to taking your Level 4 class next summer.




Thank-You Note to a Child’s Teacher From  Parents

Dear Ms. Philly:

We so much appreciate the special attention you have given to Kelly while he has been hospitalized off and on throughout the year. As you know, such extended absences can play havoc with a child’s relationships with other students, and you have been particularly sensitive to making Kelly feel a part of the group when he was able to be in class.

Specifically, I want to thank you for the several occasions when you gave the other children time to make cards and write notes to Kelly. Not only were you teaching your fourth-graders writing skills, you were teaching them to care about other people. That, I’m sure, is a direct reflection of your own personal commitment to your students.

And what a wonderful idea to record their class parties and special days to send home for Kelly. Although he sometimes watched through tears of disappointment that he could not be part of the festivities, those tapes kept him in touch with his friends during a very difficult time.

I’m sure teachers hear complaints from time to time, but I wanted you to know that we in our household and neighbourhood are certainly singing your praises. Thank you so much for your dedication.


Helen and Bob

Thank You Examples To Teacher From an Elementary School Student:

  • I am lucky to have the best teacher in this world. Wherever I may go in my life, I will always remember that I had an excellent guide in the form of a teacher, You.
  • Thank you for your guidance, friendship, and even for your discipline. I learned that I am strongest when I recognize what yet is weak and how I might best develop those parts of my character. Thank you for taking the time to be my friend. (Maybe not from a five-year-old, unless the child is a precocious specimen successfully shaped by this remarkable teacher’s effective teaching method.)
  • Thank you for creating an environment of enthusiasm for learning, appreciation for growing, and room for making mistakes along the way. I am grateful to have you as a guide, leading by example.
  • Thank you for sharing your gift of teaching with us!
  • You are not only our teacher, you are our friend, authority and guide, all rolled into one person. We will always be grateful to you for your support and kindness.
  • I may not always say it, but I mean it whenever I say it. Thank You, Teacher, for all the extra efforts you make to help us grow, and the challenges you encourage us to face to help us become who we are.

Thank-You Notes from Student to Teacher

Dear Mr. Thompson,
When I first saw you walk into our classroom, I saw the kind of person I was proud to call my teacher. Every day you came to school with a smile on your face and a kind word for all of your students. That means a lot. Your love of learning ignited our own curiosity and made learning much more fun! You taught us all to appreciate clarity of mind through proper writing form and how to pay attention to the bigger picture. You will never know how much your guidance has helped me, but I wanted you to know that you have made a big difference in my life.
My thanks always,

Fill-in-the-blank Thank You Message to Teacher from Young Children (Preschool)

Dear _____,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for being such a wonderful teacher. In your class I learned _________________.
You are very special because __________________________. I will always remember ___________________.
One day I know I’ll look back and remember ______________________. You will always have a special fan … that’s me!

Teacher Thank-You Poems

As teachers go
You are the best.
You shine above
All the rest.
So accept my thanks
For all you do
I’m very lucky
As my Teacher is you.

How can I thank you?
Let me count the ways.
Thank you for the 200
very special days!

An apple for our teacher
Would never be enough,
For teaching us about the world
And lots of other stuff.

Other Ways to Say Thanks to Your Classroom Role Model

Make a list of all that your teacher taught you and/or what you learned through your teacher’s example. Make a book or scroll letter that lists them: “FORTY THINGS I LEARNED FROM MR. SCOTCH”.

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Looking for a Gift to Show your Teacher Some Appreciation?

An apple works, or paying attention in class also provides a teacher with a special tingly. Give your teacher something practical and thoughtful — a simple lined journal with a funny cover on the front will bring a smile to your fav teacher’s face. Write a special note on the inside cover, perhaps.

If you have a few teachers on your list, a more frugal option is to buy a stack of blank thank-you notes and write each teacher a personalized message. Also appreciated.

The Thankless Job of Teaching and How to Thank Your Teacher

Your teacher is at the head of the classroom, showing you how to solve for X where X(3f)=H7SK9NJ3J98Q.

Do you think she’s having a fantastic time lecturing to the back of your heads as you text your buddies about tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead? (Okay fine; The Walking Dead airs on Sundays. Work with me here. Pretend I’m not your teacher.)

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No, she’s having almost as much fun as you aren’t. She wants you to succeed. She wants you to “get it”, as impossible as that equation may be without sufficient information. She’s there to inspire your innate creativity to come out to play. The curriculum sometimes gets in the way of this, yes, but that’s not your teacher’s fault. 

Pretend you are your teacher. You’ve stayed up late, sacrificing time with your family so you could coach volleyball before coming home to mark papers. You love your job, but you want to know that it’s worth your time. You want to see that somebody, somewhere, is better for the effort you’ve made. You want to see that somebody is building on the value you share.

let your teacher know she's made a difference, with a thank you note
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Of course, the best way to show thanks is to internalize what you’ve learned and to act confidently with that knowledge by engineering a safe and economical solution to humanity’s most pressing challenge. Second best, but more meaningful emotionally, is to simply let your teacher know. By telling them. The smallest act of thoughtfulness goes a long way. Even if you write, “Hey, thanks for that extra study session during your lunch break,” or, “I’ve never felt so free to be me than I have while sharing my life’s aspirations in your drama class,” your teacher will be touched.

Many days, that’s all we need — to connect. You’ll find great pleasure in being the one to reach out and thank someone first, and know that years later, your teacher will find your note in an old dusty box of keepsakes, and know that it was all worth it.

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