• National Teacher Day is celebrated on the first Tuesday of the first full week of May each year
  • It falls on May 4 this year
  • It originated from former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who said there needed to be a day when teachers were recognized

Everything we know, we owe to our teachers. As shapers of society, teachers are the ones who pave the way for the rest, which is why they are celebrated all over the country on National Teacher Day.

National Teacher Day, which originated as an idea by former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1953 and continues to be observed on the first Tuesday of the first full week of May each year, falls on May 4 this year.

Despite the pandemic, they continue to teach their students, no matter how physically far they may be. As the world continues its fight against COVID-19, teachers have expanded the corners of their classrooms to various parts of the world, all in the name of learning.

On National Teacher Day, here are 15 inspiring quotes for teachers during the pandemic, courtesy of Parade and Teach Thought.

1. “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” – Carl Jung

2. “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less.” – Lee Iacocca

3. “The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.” – Alice Wellington Rollins

4. “The great teacher is not the man who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. “No man can be a good teacher unless he has feelings of warm affection toward his pupils and a genuine desire to impart to them what he believes to be of value.” – Bertrand Russell

6. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

7. “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank. But the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.” – Forest Witcraft

8. ‘Your work is not to drag the world kicking and screaming into a new awareness. Your job is to simply do your work… sacredly, secretly, silently … and those with “eyes to see and ears to hear’ will respond.’ – The Arturians

9. “Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” – Scott Hayden

10. “The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.” – Maria Montessori

11. “Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” – John Steinbeck

12. “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” – Kahlil Gibran

13. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams

14. “If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.” – Guy Kawasaki

15. “Not all superheroes wear capes, some have teaching degrees.” – Unknown

According to the Institute of Educational Sciences, close to 4 million Americans make their living teaching our kids Reuters