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You, as teachers, do so much to help students learn and make a positive difference in their lives. And yet the window of interaction is brief and often teachers never know what kind of influence they’ve had on their students. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week we have curated several podcasts of students telling teachers “thanks” for all they have done. Enjoy listening to these conversations and know your dedication does not go unnoticed!


Kobe’s Teacher

Listen to how this high school English teacher made a positive and lasting impact on Kobe and how he replayed a voicemail from her to inspire him before his games.


A Guidance Counselor’s Lessons

Guy Raz, an NPR reporter, thanks his former high school guidance counselor for being in his corner. Raz recalls what his counselor told him about using power, and how it influenced him.


My Teacher Mussarut Jabeen

This is a conversation between a student and her former 3rd grade teacher, discussing how they remembered and admired each other. Recently, the student was one of the victims of the February 10, 2015 shooting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The teacher returns to StoryCorps to talk about her student’s death. Listen to the original conversation and the follow up conversation.


Johnny’s Teacher

This story tells how a third grader was supported by his teacher after his mother passed away. Decades later, he sent his teacher a letter to express his gratitude, which came at a crucial time in her life. Listen to this honest and touching conversation between them.


A Teacher Who Paid Attention

This student brought his 9th grade teacher to StoryCorps to talk about his influence on him. He wanted his teacher to know that even though he didn’t graduate, when the teacher paid attention to him, it made a difference that he still remembers.


A Gift for Audie Cornish

This is a conversation between NPR’s All Things Considered host Audie Cornish and her high school teacher. They talk about how the teacher was tough, but pushed her to do her best.