At Central High School, Teacher Dawn Martin and Administrative Assistant Jolene Goodman enjoy treats and conversation prior to school on Thank a Teacher Day. The quote on the wall reads: “The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate “apparently ordinary” people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying the winners. It is in making winners out of ordinary people.”

Thank a Teacher in La Crosse Public Schools Day — May 2, 2017

Max Woodward, a 1st-grader at Emerson Elementary, makes his feelings clear: “Emerson teachers are the best!!!!”

For teachers and other staff members in the School District of La Crosse, May 2 was a day to enjoy some extra attention, as well as a few treats, for the third annual Thank a Teacher Day in La Crosse Public Schools.

Before school, volunteers organized by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation made special deliveries to 15 locations, providing muffins, donuts and fresh fruit for about 1,000 employees as  part of Thank a Teacher Day. In addition to teachers, the event recognizes the teaching assistants, food service staff, custodians, administrative assistants, nurses, principals and other staff who make a difference every day in the lives of La Crosse school children.

At North Woods Elementary, Teacher Julie Welch greets Carol Taebel and John Monson.

Treats were provided via grant support from the La Crosse Community Foundation’s Carol and Duane Taebel Family Fund. Other community volunteers participated, including representatives from the District Wide Parent Committee and the La Crosse Area Retired Educators’ Association, as well as Rotary Interact Clubs from Central and Logan high schools.

“When I visit classrooms, I’m always impressed by the enthusiasm of our teachers, and by how they are engaging children of widely varying abilities,” said David Stoeffler, Executive Director of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. “We may not always appreciate the challenges they face each day. So, as we enter the home stretch of the school year, we ask people to take a moment to say ‘Thank You’ to the teachers and other school staff.”



La Crosse Logan Interact Club members created a slideshow featuring students with quotes answering the question: What do you appreciate about your teachers? The slideshow played during the brief staff meeting at Logan to celebrate Thank a Teacher Day. Click here for a PDF of the slideshow.


Thank a Teacher Day in La Crosse  • WXOW • May 2, 2017

See photos and coverage from the 2016 Thank a Teacher Day

See photos and coverage from the 2015 Thank a Teacher Day