National Teacher Day
National Teacher Day is observed on the first Tuesday of the first full week of May (May 4) and we’re more than ready to show our appreciation to those who have taught us. Everyone has had that favorite teacher that has helped inspire them.
This day meant to honor them was actually made by a teacher. None other than First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt herself. Eleanor Roosevelt was more than Franklin D. Roosevelt’s wife, she has a history of civic duty and was an advocate for fellow teachers. Her love for education began at a young age when she was privately tutored and encouraged by her aunt Anna “Barnie” Roosevelt. No matter how high she rose on the social ladder, she never forgot where she came from.
BY THE NUMBERS
33% – the percentage of teachers who leave the profession within the first three years.
7,000,000 – the estimated number of teachers in the United States.
14% – the percentage of fewer earnings that teachers make compared to other professions requiring similar levels of education.
10 hours – the average hours a teacher works in a day.
52 – the average number of hours worked by teachers in a week.
92.4% – the percentage of teachers who spend their own money on classroom activities or students.
2–3 times – the likelihood of minority teachers working in high-poverty and high-minority schools.
59 years – the modal age of retirement for teachers.
28% – the percentage increase in males entering teaching as a profession.
20% – the percentage of public school teachers who have second jobs outside of teaching.