Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Teacher Appreciation and Recognition

Recognizing Arkansas Teachers

Arkansas has many amazing teachers who show their commitment to student-focused education. They inspire their students, students’ families, and their communities to go above and beyond in all aspects of life. From kind words spoken at the right time to providing additional supports to help a student learn, teachers empower those around them to believe in themselves and help them obtain the tools to be successful in life. The following programs provide opportunities for outstanding educators in Arkansas to be recognized:

Appreciating and Celebrating Arkansas Teachers

Teachers deserve to be appreciated and celebrated every day! Show them how much they mean to you! Use the tools below for ideas on how you can show your appreciation. Please consider sharing your photos and videos on social media using #TeachersInspireAR and #TeachArkansas.

Commissioner Johnny Key with Jennifer Shelton, fifth grade literacy teacher at Raymond and Phyllis Simon Middle School in Conway, AR2017 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Courtney Cochran with Malvern Teacher
Pictured left to right: Jennifer Shelton, 5th grade literacy teacher at Raymond and Phyllis Simon Middle School in Conway; Education Secretary Johnny Key; Courtney Cochran, 2017 Arkansas Teacher of the Year;; and  Claudine James, 7th-8th grade English Language Arts teacher at Malvern Middle School in Malvern.

Appreciation Ideas

From handwritten thank you notes to pep rallies, there are several different ways to celebrate Arkansas teachers. Check out some of the ideas listed on this page for inspiration. 

Teacher Appreciation Ideas Teacher Appreciation Thank You Note Teacher Appreciation Certificate
  • Check out the suggestions for how to celebrate teachers all year in the toolkit.
  • Add a personal touch when showing your appreciation with a handwritten thank you note that your teacher can treasure forever. You may use this template for a thank you note card.
  • A certificate signed by you is another good way to show appreciation. A template for a Teacher Appreciation certificate is located at

2019 Teacher Appreciation Week Messages

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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