Celebrating Our Remarkable Educators
The past year has highlighted the importance of passionate educators, but we know teachers have always been essential to the students and communities they serve. During Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3–7 , we are proud to thank teachers across the country for the dedication, creativity, and leadership they bring to the classroom every day, both physical and virtual.
Here's how Walden University is celebrating and supporting educators who are called to make positive social change, create equitable opportunities for their students, and cultivate a love of learning, now and in the future.
Thank You for Being Essential
Educators like you light the way forward for students—especially in uncertain times. With an advanced degree from Walden University, you can make an even greater difference in your classroom, your organization, and your community.
Walden’s Social Change Mission in Motion
Desmond Pittman is using his Walden MSEd and EdS degrees to help Houston’s at-risk youth rise above adversity and redefine what’s possible
Stand Alongside Well-Regarded Educators
We are proud to have the opportunity to learn from—and collaborate with—more than 65,000 education students and alumni, including more than 180 state teachers of the year. During Teacher Appreciation Week, we invite you to expand your knowledge and explore “Teachable Moments” from our vibrant communities of educators.
Teacher Enthusiasm That Spans Generations
Inspired by her elementary school teacher, Monica Washington shares how her childhood mentor showed her she can do anything. As a teacher, her mission is to make every student feel that they are the most important person in her life.
A Commitment to Teaching Makes a Valuable Impact
As a college senior, Derek Olson found his calling—to work with children as an educator. Discover how his passion for education has fueled a 26-year career as an educator. His dissertation provided him opportunities to make a meaningful difference in the lives of students outside of his classroom.
Perfect Clarity: How To Balance Work, Family, and Pursuing Your Degree
Watch Minnesota State Teacher of the Year Megan Hall and learn how continuing her education online allowed her to contribute more as an educator and make progress inside and outside of the classroom.
The Key to Social Change Within Schools
Recognizing the inequities in education, teacher Megan Hall dives into details of social inequity. Learn how she is helping students overcome limitations and understand their needs and aspirations, so all students will have unique opportunities.
Walden has impacted me as a practitioner, a researcher and policy change maker.
Derek Olson Minnesota State Teacher of the Year, Walden EdD Graduate
One of the things I loved about Walden was the diversity in my classroom—to be able to hear from different perspectives of people. It really broadens your perspective and what you can learn.
Pamela Harman Alabama State Teacher of the Year, Walden EdD Graduate
My EdD from Walden’s Riley College of Education and Leadership allows me to empower educators and teach teachers how to properly teach students for our future.
Dorina Sackman Florida State Teacher of the Year, Walden EdD Graduate
Walden’s Riley College of Education and Leadership inspires me to think about how my actions as a teacher impact the larger world outside my classroom.
Megan Hall Minnesota State Teacher of the Year, Walden PhD in Education Graduate