Most adults can credit their work ethic and career choices to teachers who inspired them.
Tuesday marks National Teacher Day, which is sponsored by the National Education Association to encourage people to recognize and thank their favorite teachers, past and present.
Nonprofit organiztion Kars4Kids recently surveyed 1,000 American adults to measure how teachers impacted adults and ways adults have expressed their appreciation. The survey found the following:
- 80 percent of adults recognize that their work ethic, time spent as a volunteer, and career choice was a direct result of teachers who inspired them in the classroom.
- 78 percent of U.S. adults had an out-of-classroom experience with their teacher enhancing their learning.
- 61 percent believe that teachers taught them skills outside of the standard curriculum.
- Nearly three quarters of adults said they would want their children to have the same teachers they did.
In recognition of National Teacher Day, we want to know about your favorite educator. Whether it was your band teacher who encouraged you to continue studying the trombone, or a literature professor who fostered your love for Jane Austen, tell us about your favorite teacher in the comments section below.
(And if you have a photo of you and your favorite teacher, feel free to upload photos in the gallery by clicking "Upload Photos and Video" above.)