Teachers do so much to help students learn and make a positive difference in their lives. However, news of teacher shortages and contentious school board meetings reveal that careers in education can be difficult and thankless. Often teachers never know the positive influence they have on their students.

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6, 2022) we have curated podcasts featuring teachers making a difference and students thanking teachers for all they have done. Enjoy listening to these stories and know that teachers’ dedication does not go unnoticed!

Kobe’s Teacher

Kobe Bryant’s high school English teacher had a profound influence on the basketball star; in fact, he even called her his “muse.” Listen to hear about the positive and lasting impact this teacher made on Kobe and how her voicemail inspired him before big games.  

Teacher of the Year Teaches Inmates

Rodney Robinson works in a juvenile jail with students of many ages and skill levels, and he is dedicated to helping his students learn and succeed. Listen to hear how this National Teacher of the Year supports his students’ learning.

Love Poems from Kids

Poetry can strengthen bonds between teachers and students by helping them get to know each other better. Listen to hear poetic responses from students around the country to the Valentine’s Day prompt from teachers, “Love is…”

Reflecting with a Teacher

In this story, a student and her former 3rd grade teacher discuss how they remembered and admired each other. Later, the student became a victim of the February 10, 2015 shooting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Listen to the original conversation and follow-up comments from the teacher.

A Teacher Who Paid Attention

A former high school English teacher sits down with a former student who never graduated. Listen to their conversation to hear about the challenges both teacher and student faced, and how the student felt his teacher’s support even as he struggled with school.